Women and Teams Drive Record Entries

A huge increase in women's participation in teams events has lead to the record number of entries in the 11th edition of Hobart Run The Bridge.
February 20, 2020

More than 4000 runners and walkers will help turn the streets of Hobart into a sea of colour, joy, fitness and sweat this Sunday morning.

There will be 9 points of on course entertainment, 9 vocal human kilometre markers and even 5 in shape Olympians involved.

"Each year we aim to increase course atmosphere to really give runners and walkers an experience they can't get any other day of the week.  We're saying leave your headphones at home and soak up the adrenaline," Race Director Richard Welsh said.  

With online entries open until 2pm Saturday, a field of over 4000 is likely, with a huge skew towards women participating.

"As at last night there were 3750 committed to the event on Sunday.  Most years we see 400-500 people enter in the last few days.  With the forecast looking ideal, we're expecting around 4100 or thereabouts across all events this year," Welsh said.

"Over 56% of all entrants are female.  When the event started in 2010, it was the opposite.  2013 was the tipping point where women started to dominate fun run participation and the majority of them look to join teams.  We've embraced that this year by expanding our 13CABS teams competition to include schools, corporate and social groups," Welsh added.

There are 178 teams entered, with around half of all participants choosing to represent a team.  The largest teams at this stage are;

SCHOOLS: Landsdowne Crescent Primary School - 72 entries
SOCIAL: Run For Ron - 42 entries
CORPORATE: Collins SBA - 30 entries

A comprehensive livestream will be produced of the event, with rights free vision available to media.  It will be hosted on the Epic Events and Marketing YouTube page here, with the broadcast to start from 7:15am.

The day's timetable is;

  • 7:15am - Livestream Broadcast commences
  • 7:25:49 - City of Hobart 10k Elite Women START
  • 7:30am - City of Hobart 10k Run START
  • 7:58am - first finisher expected at PW1
  • 8:00am - 5km START, including Huon Aquaculture 5k Run and Menzies 5k Walk
  • 8:15am - first finisher expected at PW1
  • 9:00am - Presentations at PW1 Forecourt
  • 9:30am - Participate Tasmania 1km START

Motorists are reminded the Tasman Bridge is closed to all public traffic from 7am - 9am.  A lane will be available to emergency vehicles only.