One of Perth’s biggest mass participation events, the City to Surf, has been cancelled for the second year in a row due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19.
Leading disability service provider Activ, which runs the event, confirmed the cancellation yesterday.
“The decision to cancel the event again this year was very difficult, and we are saddened not to share in the excitement of this fun run with the community,” Activ CEO Danielle Newport announced yesterday on their official website.
“However, the health and safety of all Western Australians comes first so we believe this is the most responsible decision. As we have recently experienced, the uncertainty and challenges we face due to COVID-19 are likely to continue for some time.
“Everyone has a responsibility to do whatever we can to keep the WA community as free of COVID-19 as possible.
“In addition, safely planning for a large, mass participation event like the Chevron City to Surf for Activ is very complicated and requires months of preparation and financial investment.
“As a not-for-profit organisation, Activ simply cannot take the risk of investing in an event which carries a risk of cancellation in the near future.
“As such, we have made this decision as early as possible to give everyone plenty of notice and to eliminate the risk of spending funds associated with the event that may not be able to be recovered should the event need to be cancelled.”
The City to Surf, which was first run in 1975, is traditionally held on the last Sunday in August.
The HBF Run for a Reason, scheduled for May, has also been cancelled for a second year.
Activ has asked those who planned to take part to send any donations to www.activ.asn.au/donations .
The Perth Running Festival for Telethon will still be held on Sunday, October 10.