The Sydney Marathon has at this time introduced two new Australian Championship occasions, open to athletes throughout Australia. The inaugural Australian Age Group Marathon Championships and the Australian Golf equipment Marathon Championships will probably be added to the standard Australian Open Marathon Championships at this yr’s Sydney Marathon on Sunday, 17 September 2023.
A Candidate Race for the celebrated Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM) Sydney Marathon is famend globally as a bucket checklist occasion and goals to hitch an esteemed group of races – Tokyo Marathon, Boston Marathon, TCS London Marathon, BMW-BERLIN Marathon, Financial institution of America Chicago Marathon and TCS New York Metropolis Marathon – as a brand new member of the celebrated Abbott World Marathon Majors in 2025.
Reaching (AbbottWMM) standing may have an incredible influence on tourism in Sydney and Australia, and supply constructive advantages to the Athletics neighborhood.
Wayne Larden, Race Director, Sydney Marathon defined, “We’re excited to introduce these new improvements in order that runners of all ranges can participate in an precise Australian Championship and compete in opposition to their friends of their age teams as equals. Introducing a platform for Golf equipment to compete in opposition to one another for the Australian Championships goes to be extraordinarily common and aggressive.
The Australian Championships may also assist us obtain our purpose of turning into the seventh Abbott World Marathon Majors, which has strict standards round participation numbers.
Age group championships have been executed for years in Triathlon and it has been an excellent success for the game, significantly for occasions equivalent to IronMan which is concentrated on the Age Group competitors.”
The Sydney Marathon is recognised as the most effective marathon occasions on this planet, uniting individuals of all backgrounds to get pleasure from an unforgettable operating expertise. The Abbott World Marathon Majors candidacy recognises Sydney as a first-rate vacation spot to hitch the most important and best-known international marathon collection, while showcasing Sydney’s pure magnificence and fascinating way of life to future travellers
“Australian distance operating is coming into a brand new period on the elite degree and there’s no higher approach to complement this than with the addition of the Australian Age Group and Membership Championships at an occasion as iconic because the Sydney Marathon,” mentioned Peter Bromley, CEO, Athletics Australia. “The addition of the championships will encourage the athlete inside so many and we look ahead to seeing the occasion develop additional because it seems to be to change into the seventh World Marathon Main.”
Australian (Elite) Marathon Championships: the standard Australian Championship with three male and three feminine athletes representing their State. State Champions are additionally awarded to the most effective performing State.
Australian Golf equipment Marathon Championships: a brand new Championship pitting Australia’s greatest Golf equipment in opposition to one another in three classes, Male, Feminine and Combined. 3 athletes in every membership in every class.
Australian Age Group Marathon Championships: a brand new Championship occasion that may in a short time change into the preferred Australian (Street) Championships on the calendar. Runners 30yrs+ will compete in 5yr age teams in opposition to one another.
“The overwhelming majority of runners within the sport are age group runners that haven’t had the chance to symbolize their state or win an Australian Championship medal,” mentioned Brett Robinson, Australia’s quickest marathon runner. “The creation of the Australian Age Group and Golf equipment Marathon Championships are superb additions to the game, and we anticipate it to be a well-liked addition to the Sydney Marathon, which sees hundreds extra competing,”
Australian marathon legend Steve Moneghetti, added, “I grew up operating for my Membership right here in Ballarat and I’m clearly now within the twilight years of my aggressive operating, so I’m delighted to see each the Australian Golf equipment Marathon Championships and the Australian Age Group Championships launched to the Sydney Marathon this yr. It’s sufficient motivation for me to consider lacing up my marathon racing footwear once more.”
Victoria’s Glenhuntly Athletic Membership legend and Olympian, Trevor Vincent, laid down the problem to Australia’s athletics golf equipment and inspired them to take part within the Sydney Marathon and assist the occasion leap onto the world stage as an Abbott World Marathon Majors.
“Glenhuntly Athletic Membership will aspire to be the primary – and ongoing – Australian Golf equipment Marathon Champions, with the well-known Glenhuntly mild blue singlet and darkish blue boomerang outstanding all over the place at this yr’s Sydney Marathon,” he mentioned. “The Hunters have been instrumental through the years in creating and supporting a few of our best marathoners, together with world champion and world report holder Rob de Castella, and nationwide report holders Benita Willis and Sinead Diver.
The Championships will present a singular alternative for athletics golf equipment throughout the nation to put on membership colors and problem one another on the world’s most picturesque marathon course. Individually, age group runners will go head-to-head, competing in opposition to one another of their age group classes.
“The success of this world-class occasion may have a constructive impact on the Australian operating scene, on and off the race course,” mentioned Steve Dineen, Vice President, Field Hill Athletics Membership. “To have an Age Group Championships and a Membership Championships at a World Class worldwide marathon occasion will present native runners with pleasure and motivation to decide to coaching, in addition to reaching private and team-based objectives.”
Matt Whitbread, President of Athletics NSW mentioned, “The addition of the Age Group Championships and the Golf equipment Championship to the Sydney Marathon are two sensible additions to an iconic Australian occasion, bringing nationwide recognition of membership and age group runners to a really worldwide race. Because the Sydney Marathon continues its journey to Abbott World Marathon Majors standing, these Championships are an exquisite alternative for our members to be celebrated in an iconic Australian race over the last word operating distance – the marathon.”
The primary Australian Age Group Marathon Championships and Australian Golf equipment Marathon Championships will happen on the Sydney Marathon on Sunday 17 September 2023.