- 6 miles/10K
- Road Race
The Nike She Runs race began in 2012, with the concept of women running safely at night and held in Centennial Park, Sydney. One of the most popular races on the calendar, this one attracts all levels of fitness - from those who are able to power through 10K, to those content on just walking the course (as long as you finish within 2 hours). With such a range of abilities it is highly recommended that if you are intending to PR on the night, aim for a higher up wave, or start at the beginning of the wave - otherwise you will end up running in, out and around people walking at times 3 & 4 abreast or running off the path/road and chance injuring yourself on tree roots where it is unlit.
The course itself is limited to the parklands, however race management have done a great job in making sure the course isn't the same each year, and upon release of 2014 information - you can safely say that they have thought about how to bring a different level of difficulty and change within the space they have.
The park is completely closed off during the evening to cars and other runners/cyclists however spectators are fine to line the course, however due to the nature of the park, they are normally around the event site.
Access to the event site is restricted to runners only at the beginning of the night.
Packet pick up was located in Sydney the week before the event, and you received a bag, Nike event singlet or t-shirt (which MUST be worn on the night) & timing chip. Upon completion of the event you received a Nike She Runs 10K steel water bottle instead of a medal.
I didn't get to spend too much time at the event site, the traffic was incredibly bad surrounding the event location - so much that some participants missed the beginning of the race.
Running at night definitely has it's challenges and it was a great experience. Some of the areas could have been lit up slightly better, however for most of the obstacles (speed bumps, tree roots etc.) that may be in the way, there were volunteers ensuring runners moved past safely, or signs highlighting what may be ahead.