GROWTH: The City to Surf for Activ started in 1975 and peaked in 2013.

Charity runs get more competitive

The City to Surf has become an iconic WA event over the past 42 years but its status as the state’s largest charity run is under threat from a relatively new event that employs a very different business model.


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The HBF course might have something to do with its popularity over City to Surf if people are switching from one to the other; the fact you start and end in the same location is a benefit and the City to Surf has some killer hills...

In times when cash is tight for many families, both events have serious competition from a not-for-profit which has 1000's of people every week participating not only in WA, but across Australia and the world. Started in the UK over 10 years ago, it came to WA in early August 2012, with its first event at Claisebrook Cove. There are now 18 events at various locations around WA, each running a 5Km timed run every single Saturday - for free. It's the phenomenon called parkrun. It's for all levels of runners, walkers, and children can also participate (under 11's must be accompanied by their parent or a responsible adult). This event gives both these expensive events more than a run for their money on a totally different model.

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