Have you ever considered running in a city you’ve never visited before simply for the fun of it? Did you consider that running would give you an overall view of the city you’re in so you can determine later where you might go? An avid runner and marathoner, my husband likes to take leisurely runs in new cities and record his run in pictures. On our recent trip to sydney, he decided to go for a quick run and was kind enough to share his thoughts on his run through this part of Sydney. The following is what I could coax out of him for the blog:
When I started the run my initial goal was to just tour the surrounding region (to help with later wandering during the day) and to get up close to the Sydney Opera House.
I loved that Sydney was yet another runner-friendly city. The sidewalks towards the Sydney Opera House were wide and there were runners and walkers out for a morning run like myself.
The facility features a modern expressionist design, with a series of large precast concrete “shells,” each composed of sections of a sphere of 75.2 metres (246 ft 8.6 in) radius, forming the roofs of the structure, set on a monumental podium.
The entire city was very runner friendly with good signage and wide sidewalks. It was the type of run where you forget to look down because you can’t help but look around at the amazing sites.
There was traffic on the bridge, but definitely not a traffic jam. Sydney is definitely a walking city and both walkers and runners were mindful and considerate of others, which was refreshing as this is not always the case.
At the end of my run as I was approaching the area by the ship, I noticed this large frame set up with actors behind it. It was apparently a living scene of the Last Supper as a promotion for the The Bible on DVD.
Overall, I found the portion of the city I explored to be safe, easy to navigate, and very runner friendly in terms of space and road conditions. The quality of the run was such that I could see that Sydney is a runner friendly city and I could definitely see myself running here again. Sydney offered the most scenery and one of the best runs I’ve had out of all of the cities I’ve visited.