This year’s Cape Breton Fiddlers Run will begin at the Victoria Park Armories in the historic North End of Sydney. The North End is home to a number of Sydney’s landmarks, many of which will be passed by runners as they circle the shoreline of the harbour. All races will start and end here, accompanied by live local music and cheering fans.
The first part of the race will be run along Sydney’s Esplanade. This flat, newly paved road runs along the south shore of the harbour. Runners will first pass by the Joan Harris Cruise Pavilion, home of the world’s largest fiddle. Next up is Wentworth Park, arguably one of the most beautiful sights in Downtown Sydney.
The Medical Arts Building is the 2.5 km mark and turn around spot for the 5k runners. The remaining runners will continue along the Esplanade, which has now transitioned into King’s Road. Just as flat as the Esplanade, King’s Road will provide runners with a nice breeze from the harbour as they pass by some of Sydney’s nicest residential streets. Sydney River is the next stop for runners; this commercial strip is home to the first turn: a right onto Lewis Drive. Runners of the 10k race will turn around at the railroad crossing shortly after turning onto this road.
Lewis Drive transitions into Harbourview Drive after the railroad crossing; this short road will take remaining runners to the second turn of their race: a right onto Keltic Drive. Keltic Drive will allow runners to cross over the harbour via the Sydney River Bridge onto the North shore of Sydney Harbour.
The third turn of the race is made at the intersection of Keltic Drive and Westmount Road. Runners will make another right onto the still flat and slightly winding Westmount Road. This road will bring runners within a couple meters of the harbour as they run past more residential streets.. Next stop is the Dobson Yacht Club. Boats of all shapes and sizes fill the berths of the marina as runners pass. Expect waves from boaters as you pass them on your way to the turn around point. The Westmount Legion will mark the quarter-marathon point; all runners will turn around at this distance making their way back to the starting line along the same path. This turn around will be visited once by half marathon runners and twice by full marathon runners as they will come back for the second half of their race.
The 2016 Cape Breton Fiddlers Run will be a great way to experience Sydney for all runners. Expect a very flat, fast and scenic route that will make you want to return again!