Did you know that our very own St Ives boasts one of Australia’s (if not the world’s) most impressive and beautiful destination trail runs? This event is for all ages and all abilities, and it’s on this Sunday November 10. And as a proud partner of the Indigenous Marathon Foundation, participants can also support a great cause. Introducing the Bare Creek Trail Run.

Now in its tenth year, the Bare Creek Trail Run takes place on Sydney’s North Shore. The stunning trail winds its way through picturesque fire trails of the stunning Garigal National Park in St Ives, taking in creeks, rocks, some suburban areas, and of course (for those of you familiar with the St Ives landscape) hills!

For the hard core runners out there, the 12km and 20km courses will provide a great challenge to rival any trail run in the country. And for those who prefer an easier run, or for family entrants, there are great options for you too – a 6km walk/run and a 2km dash. Plus, there is a friendly inter-schools ‘mob match’ competition for students to enter.

Created by Bare Events, the philosophy behind Bare Creek Trail Run is that running changes lives. As Director Lisa Murphy points out, “There’s no other event in Sydney where you can get out into the beautiful bush, be active (whatever your age or ability), and be home by lunchtime.”

And runners will also be supporting a great cause. Bare Events has partnered with the Indigenous Marathon Foundation, which uses running to promote health and celebrate resilience and achievement. A goal has been set to raise $4,000 from the Bare Creek Trail run to assist the Kakadu Deadly Runners in attending their annual championships in 2020, around Uluru – Australia’s most iconic Indigenous landmark.

One of the Kakadu Deadly Runners, Emma Cameron, will be attending and participating in this weekend’s Bare Creek Trail Run. She’ll also be speaking at the event and telling her inspirational story of how running can change lives and increase confidence, especially in Indigenous women. Emma travelled to compete in the Boston Marathon in 2013, but was pulled off the course after the tragic bombing took place. She has since returned to Boston and successfully completed the marathon, as well as many other running events in Australia.

Photo: Emma Cameron on Twitter

Also partnering with the Bare Creek Trail Run is well-known runner, Matty Abel, who will emcee the event. The Manly local founded DBA Runners – a Northern Beaches based running community that services clients both domestically and internationally through DBA’s Online Coaching platform. As a past participant of Bare Creek Trail Run (that’s him on the course below), Matty knows what a fabulous course it is. This year he’ll be on the microphone seeing runners off and welcoming them back.


Email: info@barecreektrailrun.com


Sunday, 10 November, 2019
First event (20km) from 6.45am, last event (2km dash) at 10.15am. This gives parents the times to run their own race first and then accompany their children in the 2km Dash.


Acron Oval, Acron Road
Garigal National Park
St Ives, NSW


Street parking is available at no cost.

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