We are only two weeks away from one of Sydney’s biggest events – The City2Surf. And it’s not too late to sign up.
The Sun-Herald City2Surf presented by Westpac has now been running for 47 years. It was initially inspired by the San Francisco Bay to Breakers run in 1970. Since the inaugural run in ’71 which attracted just over 1,500 runners the race has grown in popularity to be Australia’s largest fun run and is a yearly Sydney institution on the second Sunday in August. It is truly a community event and attracts entrants from all walks of life and all ages. The 14km course continues to grow yearly and is widely recognised as a “bucket list” item for serious runners and adventure lovers. The Telegraph listed the event as one of the 16 Great Running Races Around the World, whilst Runner’s World lists the event in their 20 Races To Do Before You Die. Runtastic counts the event amongst it’s list of the World’s Most Extraordinary Races and Running Shoes Guru lists the event as one of the Top Ten Running Races In The World. In each of these lists, the City2Surf was the only Australian event to be featured.
The City 2 Surf has raised over $36 million since 2008 when the fundraising tally was first recorded and this year it aims to help raise another $5,000,000 for more than 900 charities.
One of the particular charities is Black Dog Institute. The Black Dog Institute is dedicated to understanding, preventing and treating mental illness. Their vision is to create a mentally healthier world and we at Epiphany Group are 100% behind them. We will be on the sidelines cheering on one of our business coaches, Shayne, who is participating in support of this charity.
There is a strong correlation between exercise and mental health. Participating in physical activity can really elevate your mood and reduce symptoms of mild to moderate depression. Additional benefits include improved self image, improved social skills, better sleep, reduced anxiety and increased mindfulness. It can help us connect with our physical self and refocus our attention to our body rather than negative thoughts and feelings.
Are you running? Has this been on your bucket list? If so, good luck – arrive early and dress warmly. If you do go early make sure you wear an old jumper so you can throw it to the side once the gun goes off. All discarded clothing is collected and distributed to charity so you’re staying warm and doing a good thing for those less fortunate.