More than two hours of running will take place on Sydney’s streets and roads, and it will take more than 100 hours for the first marathon of the Summer Games.
Key points:The first Australian marathon will be held at the end of JulyThe organisers hope to have the first 2:02:02 in place by the end and hope to host it on the same day as the Summer Olympics in 2020There is no guarantee of success in the first two hoursThe marathon is being held under the auspices of the Commonwealth Games Association and will take the course at the same time as the Commonwealth Championships in Sydney.
It’s the first time Australia has held a marathon of this scale, with no Australian Olympic medal to date, and organisers hope it will help boost the nation’s bid for the 2020 Games.
“We know that the Commonwealth Olympic Committee will want to do something on the Australian track and field,” Mr Andrews said.
“They’re looking at a range of events, including some of the Olympics.”
“But what we’re looking for is to make sure that we have something to bring the Commonwealths to a better place.”
That’s what we need to be doing.
“The Commonwealth Games are expected to take place in Melbourne in 2019.
There are still a number of hurdles to overcome in terms of setting up a marathon in Australia, with the city’s track and sporting infrastructure already at a point where it will be difficult to host.”
You’ve got to have a strong track, you’ve got a strong sporting infrastructure, you have a lot of people involved in the sporting infrastructure,” Mr Andrew said.
The Commonwealths first marathon will take places at the start of July, but it’s unlikely to be run at the Sydney Olympic Park.
Mr Andrews said the organisers would make an announcement about the date of the event “within a few days” but it would not be until later.”
If we can get it up and running by the middle of July or early August, then we can look forward to getting the first runner out there and getting them running in two hours,” he said.
A key problem will be the location, and Mr Andrews acknowledged it was not a straightforward task.”
There’s going to be a lot going on in the city, so we have to be really careful, particularly with our track and sports infrastructure,” he added.”
It’s going have to do a lot to get the whole community excited about it.””
We want to get it on at the Olympics, it’s a great opportunity for the Commonwealth to get to a good place and make it happen.
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