There is an array of sporting events and activities for everyone to take part in or be a spectator of during the last month of summer in Sydney. Whether you are the casual runner or an enthusiastic walker, would rather take the plunge into the ocean or head to the stadium for three hours of cricket extravaganza, there is definitely something for everyone in February.
The following pages highlight just some of the activities and events the active souls may be interested in. So read on and let's get active this summer ladies and gents, boys and girls!
Row, row, regattas is a fantastic family friendly event at the Australian National Maritime Museum on Sunday 2 February. Coinciding with the Lunar New Year weekend, there will be special festivities to celebrate the year of the Horse. Expect exciting dragon boat racing and ragattas, loud and festive lion dance performances by Dong Tam Association, fantastic character tours, fun regatta games and spectacular on-water displays. What's more, kids can get a makeover at the face painting stand, and be creative and make a dragon shadow puppet, a model boat or a paper lantern to take home.
When: Sunday 2 February 10 am - 3pm
Where: Australian National Maritime Museum, 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour
Cricket fans will love the KFC Twenty 20 International - Australia v England on Sunday 2 February at Stadium Australia which will be packed with the biggest hits, magnificent fireworks and heaps of action. So grab your mates, and come to support the Aussies in the exciting and awesome Twenty20 cricket as we play against England. Guaranteed to be explosive, impressive and absolutely exhilarating.
When: Sunday 2 February 7.35pm
Where: Stadium Australia, Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park
Cost: From $18
Challenge yourself and join thousands of others for The Sydney Morning Herald Cole Classic on Sunday 2 February. Head to Shelly Beach to compete in a 1km or 2km swim which will finish at Manly Beach, or for the ultimate challenge register yourself in the 9km swim from Dee Why Beach to Manly Beach. Your efforts will be recognised with a shiny commemorative medal. Raising the much needed funds for over 800 charities, the Cole Classic is a fantastic event for all types of swimming champions.
Whether you're a surfer or not, head to Hurley Australian Open of Surfing from Saturday 8 to Sunday 16 February at Manly Beach. As the country's largest action sports and youth culture festival, this nine day festival not only celebrates Australian actions sports, but also provides a whole heap of music, art and fashion for adults and children alike. Come and see world-class athletes in action, artists showcasing their talent, and skateboarding pros doing their stuff, all for absolutely free. This is a fantastic event for everyone celebrating youth-culture, innovation and athleticism.
When: Saturday 8 - Sunday 16 February
Exercise your way into the weekend with The Sydney Morning Herald Sun Run on Saturday 1 February. Lace up your sneakers, grab your water bottles and head out for a scenic run from Dee Why along the beach to Manly. It doesn't matter whether you're a running pro, casual jogger or a walking enthusiast, anyone and everyone is welcome. Whether you choose to register for the 6.74km or the 10km course, you're guaranteed to have a fantastic time. And, you get to take home a gleaming commemorative medal too!
For something fun, hilarious and absolutely cheeky, participate in Cupid's Undie Run on Sunday 9 February and celebrate Valentine's Day weekend with the rest of Sydney. Aiming to raise money for the Children's Tumour Foundation of Australia, this event is back again in 2014. So put on your cheeky outfits, head to the pre-race party at Bungalow 8 followed by the brief 1.5km run. But wait, the party doesn't stop there. Navigate your way back to Bungalow 8 for more drinks, giggles, prizes and heaps of fun. And don't forget to fundraise to the max prior to the event!
When: Sunday 9 February 12 noon
Where: Bungalow 8, King St Wharf, Sydney
Colour Me Rad is another fun run guaranteed to be explosive on Sunday 23 February at Sydney Motorsport Park. You'll be running for Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF); running from colour bombs, cannons, mortars, and what have you; and running to have a fantastic time. Trust me, you will definitely have a brighter outlook on life!
When: Sunday 23 February
Where: Sydney Motorsport Park, Ferrers Road, Eastern Creek