Australians love being active and the country’s citizens embrace being in the outdoors – and with such a beautiful country, who can blame them? When you’re travelling Down Under, don’t make it a priority to laze around in the hotel all day long. Instead, embrace the culture and get your body moving.If you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry – there are fitness events to attend around every inch of the country. Whether you love doing the hard yards in obstacle courses or want to enjoy yourself on a fun run, you’ll find something in the land where the women glow and the men plunder.The Sun-Herald City2SurfHosted in Sydney, the 14km City2Surf is one of the city’s biggest running events of the year. Runners start in the heart of Sydney’s CBD and cross through Iron Cove and Rose Bay before finishing up in Bondi. You’ll find people of all sorts here – mothers with prams, company employees banded together as a team, and even people dressed as superheroes. This is definitely a run to participate in if you want to have a blast.The Colour RunAustralia is due to host its inaugural Colour Run in early 2013, but judging from the response it will be back and better than ever in 2014. An event that sold out months before the actual race date, the Colour Run sees runners and walkers gather in Olympic Park for a 5km race that is more about having fun than it is about winning. Participants need to wear a white shirt as they will be sprayed in colour at the end of the event – plus, the t-shirt will be a great souvenir of all the fun times that you had that day. The Colour Run is being held in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Newcastle, Gold Coast, and Brisbane – no matter where you are, there’s no excuse for not entering this one.
For the tougher amongst us, Tough Mudder is about as difficult as it gets. An obstacle course that spans over 18-20km, Tough Mudder is a challenge even for the brave, so it’s definitely not one that the faint of heart should tackle without some serious training. You’ll find yourself climbing ropes, pulling yourself through mud, dealing with electric shocks and hanging off ropes – and that’s just the start of it! Be sure to put in some hours at a local health club before you take this one on.
Telstra Drug Aware Pro
Australia has an abundance of beaches, and what better way to embrace the country than by hitting up the Drug Aware Pro? Held in the iconic Margaret River in Western Australia, the Telstra Drug Aware Pro is a surfing competition that brings together men and women of all ages to showcase their expertise when it comes to catching a wave. You will need to trial for this one, but it’s a great chance to see Australia’s waves at their finest.
Helen McGloin is a writer who is planning to do Tough Mudder in 2013. Unfortunately, she hasn’t gone to the gym for two weeks – hopefully she’ll be in shape for this event though.