To celebrate the return of the City of Perth as a Major Partner of the 2019 Chevron City to Surf for Activ we want to introduce you to some of City of Perth’s best training routes and our Favourite Training Location and provide you with some inspiration to switch-up your training location over the coming weeks.
City of Perth is nestled on the banks of the Swan River and provides the perfect opportunity to get outside and train in beautiful surroundings.
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing your King’s Park route – there’s a complete mix of soft or hard ground, ups or downs and thick bush or city views to choose from. Stick to a 10KM loop around the perimeter, head out and back on the Kokoda Trail, or mix it up by getting lost in the sandy trails – you’ll soon forget where you are and your time on your feet will fly by.
If you’re looking for a straight and uninterrupted (plus gradually uphill) section to run some intervals, then head to the famous Green Mile which starts at the May Drive Parkland and finishes at the steps of the DNA Tower. It’s a toughie, but your post training coffee overlooking the City of Perth will taste that little bit better.
Since 1909 Jacob’s Ladder has linked the Swan River to the north-east corner of King’s Park and in more recent years has provided a testing training challenge for Perth locals. Just short of 300 steps your legs and chest will be burning just-a-little by the top, but it’s worth climbing the stairway to heaven for that City of Perth view overlooking the Swan River from the top. Walk or run up the stairs and do them once or repeat x5 – either way, take a breather at the top and hand out high fives on your way back down!
The Bridges Loop
This has become the staple for City of Perth pre, during or post work training runs. The route is flat with options to run on the grass or public paths and you’re more than likely going to bump into a string of fellow runners along the way who you can tag onto. Up to you which direction you choose to run as the views are stunning either way, but the bridges you’re looping are Mitchell Freeway and crossing Herrison Island. And, if you’re training for the 21KM or 42KM Chevron City to Surf for Activ distances then head out for a second loop, but we suggest switching direction!
Elizabeth Quay to Matilda Bay
We never get bored of this out and back route starting from Elizabeth Quay and heading in the direction of Matilda Bay, passing the Old Swan Brewery on the way. You’ve got beautiful tree-lined river views on the way out and the city skyline to distract your attention on the way back. And, if you’ve got time to battle the tourist crowds then stop for a snap at The Blue Boat House at the mid-way point. Plus, bonus points for a sprint finish across Elizabeth Quay Bridge to finish your run off!
Let us know if you’ve got any other favourite training locations which we’ve missed so that we can check them out, and if you’re using Strava to track your training then join the Chevron City to Surf for Activ Strava Run Club so we can give you some Kudos!
To read more about the City of Perth, see What’s on: Top Picks for September