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The Sydney Morning Herald Sun Run – Saturday, February 1, 2014
The Sydney Morning Herald Cole Classic – Sunday, February 2, 2014

There is still time to stay true to those New Year resolutions and take part in Sydney’s ultimate sporting weekend, featuring The Sydney Morning Herald Sun Run and The Sydney Morning Herald Cole Classic on Saturday, February 1 and Sunday, February 2, 2014 respectively.

Fun run and ocean swim enthusiasts have less than one week left to register with entries for the 7km and new 10km Sun Run courses closing at midday Friday, January 31, while entries for the 1km, 2km and 9km Cole Classic courses will close midday Saturday, February 1.

Participants of both the Sun Run and Cole Classic are encouraged to raise much-needed funds for more than 800 charities across Australia, including the Dee Why and Manly Surf Life Saving Clubs – with the fundraising target set this year at $200,000.

To enter, visit or

Interview opportunities available with:

• Justin Hanby, an ocean swim fanatic who attempted to swim the English Channel in 2013 and will try again in September this year. Justin was recently diagnosed with bipolar, and prior was self-managing with exercise alone. He is a big supporter of the Black Dog Institute who has helped him to manage his condition through exercise. Justin will lead the team swimming for the Black Dog Institute at this years’ Cole Classic.

• Anne Boyd, a 67 year old who in the past 12 months has changed her life through exercise. Anne is now a passionate runner who hopes to run a marathon at 70. She is a huge advocate for staying fit in later life.

• Kim Hasko, an amputee who will be swimming the 2km Cole Classic course without full use of her arms and one leg – all to raise money for kid’s education in Africa.

• Alicia Caldwell, winner of the 2012 and 2013 Cole Classic 2km event

• Rebecca Wilmer – Race Director, Fairfax Events

To arrange an interview, please contact Sam Boyd on 02 9292 7013 or 0414 408 198 or Rachael Hoy on 02 9292 7008 or 0416 400 737


Sun Run (Saturday, February 1, 2014)

The Sun Run is now in its fourth year and already a favourite among Sydneysiders, with more than 6,000 participants expected to take part.

Runners can challenge themselves on the new 10km course which showcases spectacular beach views from Dee Why to Manly, or take part in the existing 7km course. Starting from 6:30am, the Sun Run will begin at The Strand in Dee Why and finish on The Steyne at iconic Manly Beach with all finishers receiving a commemorative medal.

For more details on The Sydney Morning Herald Sun Run, visit

Cole Classic (Sunday, February 2, 2014)

Now in its 31st year, the Cole Classic is one of Australia’s largest ocean swims, with more than 4,000 expected to take part.

The 1km and 2km swims will start from Shelly Beach and finish at Manly Beach, while the 9km will start from Dee Why Beach and finish at Manly Beach (all subject to conditions). Finishers will receive a commemorative medal, while category winners and place getters are awarded the famous Cole plates.

For more details on The Sydney Morning Herald Cole Classic, visit


For further information or interviews, please contact Access PR:

Samantha Boyd
02 9292 7013
0414 408 198

Rachael Hoy
02 9292 7008
0416 400 737