Minister for Sport John Sidoti has congratulated more than 1,600 competitors who broke the registration record for the tenth Western Sydney Marathon at the Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith, last Saturday.
“The Marathon is a fantastic event for everyone from recreational runners to elite athletes, whose months of training and commitment finally paid off as they crossed that finish line,” Mr Sidoti said.
“From mums and dads pushing babies in prams, to a 72 year-old grandfather – the Western Sydney Marathon just gets better every year.”
Alexander Matthews, a 35 year-old Cranebrook runner, won the men’s marathon with a time of 2 hours 31 minutes and 19 seconds. Magda Karimali-Poulos, a 45 year-old Caringbah runner, took-out the women’s in 3 hours 4 minutes and 32 seconds.
“These performances were truly impressive and I want to congratulate Alexander and Magda on winning the marathon, along with everyone that took part in this great community event,” Mr Sidoti said.
Western Sydney Marathon included a two kilometres Youth Dash for the kids, a five kilometres Family Fun Run and 10 kilometres run as part of the RunNSW/Greater Bank Series. There was also a Half and Full Marathon for distance runners.
“The event is getting bigger every year and families from all over Sydney are attracted by activities which help the community soak up the race day atmosphere,” Mr Sidoti said.
This included a health and fitness expo, live entertainment, inflatable obstacle course, rock climbing wall, children’s activities and post-race massage and physio.
Hazelbrook Public School won the school’s teams event – for its efforts, students will enjoy a day program excursion at the Sydney Academy of Sport.
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