Great team lines up for running festival

MORE than 155 runners will take part in the 9th annual Westlink M7 Blacktown City Running Festival on July 27.

Previously known as Westlink M7 Cities Marathon, an array of runners of different skill levels will compete in four events during the event on a traffic-free marathon circuit.

Races will include the 42.195km marathon from 7.30am at Ash Road Sporting Complex Prestons, the 21.1km Westlink M7 Half Marathon at Blacktown International Sportspark at Rooty Hill, the Blacktown City 10km Fun Run at Rooty Hil and the Blacktown City 4km Fun Run and Walk, also at Rooty Hill.

The marathon's course, which was certified by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races, runs alongside the M7 motorway.

All races will finish at the Athletics Track at Blacktown International Sportspark, with the presentation of trophies and from 10.45am.

Details: wm7citiesmarathon.com.au, blacktown.nsw.gov.au, 9839 6000.

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