Major running festival coming to town

University of Sydney representatives celebrate the RunWest partnership announcement. (L-R) Christopher Denes from the Student Research Society at Westmead; Bridget Foley, Research Officer of the SPRINTER research group representing Dr Lindsey Reece, Prof Clara Chow, Academic Co-Director of Charles Perkins Centre Westmead; Prof Chris Peck, Director of the University’s Westmead Initiative; Angelo Lopez, Student Research Society at Westmead.

A major running festival and community event in Western Sydney is set to take place for the first time on Sunday 31 March, 2019.

The University of Sydney is the tertiary education sponsor of NAB RunWest.

NAB RunWest will feature a 12km run and a 4km Family Fun Run and Walk through iconic Western Sydney locations, including the new Sydney Zoo, Sydney Motorsport Park, and Western Sydney Parklands, with runners and walkers to cross the finish line at West HQ.

A Finish Line Festival will celebrate Western Sydney’s diversity, including live music, local sporting heroes, and food trucks.

Funds raised from the event will go towards Western Sydney projects and charities including CanToo, Better Foundation, Neuroblastoma Australia, Ronald McDonald House, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, The John Maclean Foundation and PCYC NSW.

The RunWest partnership has been officially announced.

Professor Chris Peck, director of the University of Sydney’s Westmead Initiative said that the event aims to boost the well-being of the people of Western Sydney.

“We look forward to supporting this exciting event through research initiatives and collaboration driven by our staff and affiliates across Sydney and through participation in the run,” said Professor Peck.

Multidisciplinary initiatives of the University such as the Charles Perkins Centre (CPC) have local hubs at Westmead to partner with local expertise and provide real-world outcomes for the people of Western Sydney.

The University’s partnership with NAB RunWest will bring together academic research and community engagement, with the CPC to conduct an innovative research project to explore the impact of the inaugural event on physical activity, health and wellbeing.

Led by Dr Lindsey Reece of the CPC, in conjunction with the NSW Office of Sport and Parkrun, this collaborative research initiative with Athletics Australia and NAB RunWest will collect insights from participants to identify behavioural changes and physical health benefits that result from participation in this unique community event.

“Sport can play a powerful role in helping people become active in a fun, enjoyable way,” Dr Reece said.

“This opportunity to lead the research and evaluation of NAB RunWest through SPRINTER (the research partnership between the University of Sydney and the NSW Office of Sport) will help us learn more about the role major sporting events play in positively influencing the health and wellbeing of people who take part,” said Dr Reece.

CEO of Athletics Australia Darren Gocher said he looked forward to witnessing the academic and research outcomes of the partnership.

“We believe this project will help us lay the foundations for NAB RunWest to become a lasting legacy event for the Western Sydney community,” Darren said.

The University’s presence at Westmead began during the establishment of Westmead Hospital and has grown to include 1600 students, staff based across three major medical research institutes and close partnerships with health and industry stakeholders.

The University of Sydney is proud to contribute to these community initiatives through the University of Sydney Community Challenge, which incentivises school groups and sporting clubs to participate in RunWest and have a percentage of their group’s entry fees returned to invest into community and club initiatives.

To register for NAB RunWest as part of the University of Sydney Community Challenge, visit

General registration prices for NAB RunWest is $25 per person for the 4km Family Fun Run (free for children under 5), and $50 per person for the 12km event. 

Registration also includes a free ticket to the Sydney Zoo, and transport shuttles between West HQ and Sydney Motorsport Park on event day.

Key Details

  • For more information, and to register for the event, visit
  • RunWest will be on Sunday March 31, 2019
  • The RunWest 12km event run will commence at 7.00am at Sydney Motorsport Park (subject to change)
  • The RunWest 4km Family Fun Run and Walk will commence at 10am at Blacktown International Sports Park (subject to change)
  • All Early Bird entries for the 4km are $20 – for both adults and children over 5
  • All Early Bird entries for the 12km are $40 – for both adults and children over 5
  • A Finish Line Festival will be hosted at West HQ, and will include live music, food trucks and entertainment for the whole family
  • West HQ is located at 55 Sherbrooke Street Rooty Hill NSW 2766
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About the University of Sydney & The Charles Perkins Centre in Westmead

Find out more about the University of Sydney’s Westmead activity at

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