The Ultimate Challenge – Dee Why to Newport Beach

Challenge yourself in Sydney’s most scenic fun run!

Come and be part of the most popular community event on the Northern Beaches, while taking in breathtaking views along our beautiful peninsula. Challenge yourself in Sydney’s most scenic run. A previous winner said our event is “… a better race than the City2Surf – more challenging, yet fun, friendly and so community oriented”.

The 13km course follows our amazing coastline with spectacular views of more than a dozen beaches. If you prefer, you can join the pack at either Warriewood or Mona Vale (6km and 3km course options for recreational runners, joggers and walkers). All courses finish at Newport Beach where you can join in all the fun of the Finish Festival.

  • Adult   $65 (Early Bird $55)
  • Junior $50 (Early Bird $40)

*From 11 August 2024 a late entry fee of $10 pp will apply

Race Info

12Distance: Approximately 13km

Date: Sunday, 25 August 2024

Start time: 8.00 am (Starting in waves, according to colour: Red – Yellow – Green – Blue)

Start location: Dee Why Beach, The Strand, Dee Why NSW 2099

Finish location: Newport Beach, 394 Barrenjoey Road, Newport NSW 2106

Start groups:

  • Red – Serious runners planning to finish in under 60 minutes
  • Yellow – Those who plan to finish within 90 minutes
  • Green – Casual runners who may need to walk occasionally
  • Blue – Joggers and Walkers (approx 2 and a bit hours to walk) Please start in your allocated start group.

Creating, Joining and Managing Teams:

Prams & Strollers:  You can also take prams along the 6km and 3km courses, however you must start at the ‘back of the pack’.

Not Allowed: Sorry, due to beach start, wheelchairs, strollers, bikes, skateboards and dogs are not allowed.

Public Transport: If traveling by public transport, check bus, ferry and train schedules at TRANSPORT NSW.  We recommend the Trip View app to help you get there and back. It provides real-time arrival and departure times.

Parking – Getting there:

  • Dee Why Beach (James Meehan Reserve) Carpark – 260 (50m walk)
  • Howard Avenue Carpark – 215 spaces (700m walk)
  • Dee Why Civic Drive Carpark (at library) – approx 200 spaces (950m walk)
  • Plus surrounding streets. Please be considerate to neighbours and keep noise to a minimum

Transport Coming Back: (1) When you arrive at Newport Beach, walk north to the bus stop (Newport Surf Club, Neptune Rd) for a ride back to your car at Dee Why. The 199 bus runs every 15 minutes and the L90 bus runs once every hour. (2) There will also be a Beach2Beach-provided FREE Shuttle Bus to Mona Vale B-Line bus stop, from 10am to 12pm (approx. every 20 mins.). Please bring your Opal card to take the B-Line bus.


  • Toilets are located at the surf clubs along the route as well as near the drink stations and at start and finish lines areas.
  • There are 4 water stations, located approximately every 3km at South Narrabeen Surf Club, Warriewood, Mona Vale and at the finish line at Newport Surf Club.

Commemorative Medallions: Our popular collectible medallions, will be presented to all runners at the Finish Line. This is a great way to mark your achievement of completing your chosen distance in the Beach2Beach Charity Fun Run & Festival.

Race Kit:

  • If you chose to have your Race Kit delivered, your race Bib, timing chip, confirmation letter and any merchandise will be sent via Australia Post to your mailing address. We will start mailing Race Kits from 8 weeks before the race date. Please allow 7-10 days for delivery.
  • For entries received after 11.59pm on 12 August, your race Bib can be picked up at the Harbord Diggers on Saturday 24 August (11am – 3pm) OR at the race start at Dee Why Beach (from 1hr before the race start time).

Registrations closure: Online entries will remain open until the start, with Race Kit pick-up available at race start (from 1hr before race start time at Dee Why start). For more info visit our FAQ page.

Course Map
Additional Info
  • Timing chip – The timing chip will start at the moment you cross the electronic mats at the start and stop when you cross the electronic mats at the finish line. Your time DOES NOT start when the gun fires, so there is no need to rush across the start line. Please note that we do not store your card or security details and we have no access to your details.
  • Beach Running – Yes, only for the 13km course. There is approximately 800m of sand at the start. We try to start the race as close to low tide as possible.
  • Hills – There are some exciting and challenging hills including Barrenjoey Road approaching Newport and Warriewood Hill, which is like the Heartbreak Hill in the City2Surf run.
  • Finish time events – The running event concludes at 11.00am. After 11.00am, marshals may not be present on the course. Pathways remain open to the public. Celebrate and enjoy all the fun activities at the Finish Festival.
  • Fundraising closing date – Fundraising will remain open until September 30 following the event.
  • Course closure times – the Beach2Beach Course will be progressively closed at the following times after which marshals will no longer be on duty to assist participants. Participants should take care at all times to observe all road safety protocols.
    • 9.15am  Long Reef to Ocean St Fire station South Narrabeen
    • 9.45am  Ocean St to Narrabeen Lagoon Bridge
    • 10.15am  Narrabeen Bridge to Mona Vale Golf Course
    • 10.30am  Mona Vale to Beaconsfield St Newport
    • 11.00am  Beaconsfield St to Finish at Newport Beach
  • Road Closures and Clearways – Thousands of Beach2Beach participants will be running or walking by Dee Why, Collaroy, Narrabeen, Warriewood, Mona Vale and Newport. If you plan on driving through these areas on event day, allow for extra travel time as there will be some delays while road and lane closures are in place for the safety of the participants. The maps below shows the changes on the day.

Remember, all Beach2Beach course options are meant to be fun and just a little challenging… but the purpose of the whole event is to raise much needed funds for those organisations helping our local community. Enjoy!