We have been navigating the COVID-19 crisis, and its impact on the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival. With our last update, we believed there was a strong possibility that we would be able to deliver the event as scheduled. Unfortunately (and sadly) due to the worsening situation in Australia, its impact on NSW and the heightened risk, this has caused an extension of the current health order. This has resulted in us having to postpone the 20 September event.
Earlier in the year, we were provided with a backup date of 8 November which is outside of the current health order and as such, we are hopeful that we will be able to host the event. However, the exceptional NSW Government agencies that we work with to deliver such a great and successful event each year including, NSW Police, Transport NSW & TMC, NSW Ambulance and NSW Health (and many other agencies, landowners and stakeholders) are on the frontline tackling this pandemic with huge amounts of resources dedicated to the task.
We would like to say a huge thank you to these agencies and the NSW Government for the extensive work they are doing to fight this pandemic. We are hopeful for the event on 8 November and are actively pursuing this, but we have to be realistic and understand that this is subject to the pandemic being brought under control quickly, us complying with any health orders in place at that time and the agencies having the resources to plan for the event, which is not guaranteed.
To confirm, this backup date is subject to health orders of that period and approval of all stakeholders which we do not have at this point. A final decision on the 2020 event will be announced by 14 September.
Thank you for your support and patience during this time. The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is part of the fabric of Sydney, it delivers so much to the community and the NSW economy.
Should you be unable to attend the revised November date there are several options available to you which include withdrawal, and deferment to 2021. See FAQ’s below.
In the meantime, we wish you good health, stay safe, stay distanced and hopefully we’ll have a positive outcome and be able to deliver you an amazing and safe experience in November.