Civic2Surf was started in 2010 by a small group of ANU students who ran together from Canberra to Sydney to raise money for Batyr, a charity that aims to smash the stigma surrounding mental illness. Since then, the event has grown into a relay-style run, with over 60 young runners participating each year. We run events and training sessions for all ANU students across the year.
Our event is typically run across two days in August. As a community, we rise early on Day One to run out of the ANU together, and see off runners embarking on the first leg. This kicks off a day relay-style running, with many cars coordinating runner drop-offs across country NSW. We meet in the evening for dinner at Bong-Bong Racecourse in Bowral, supported by the Southern Highlands community. After staying together at the racecourse overnight, we rise early the next morning to commence Day Two of running, and come together for the final leg at Bondi in the evening.
We have strong links with local communities in Canberra, Sydney and the Southern Highlands, and we are grateful for the support and friendship of each. Our event not only raises funds for Batyr, but creates a space for ANU students to exercise together, form new friendships, and #smashthestigma within their own communities.