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Images by Bryony Jackson. Video by Takeshi Kondo, Man of the Tree.

Fun Run, Sydney

Hyde Park, Sydney Festival (Gadigal Land)

When the Greek messenger Pheidippides was sent to Athens to announce the Persian’s defeat in the battle of Marathon, he ran the entire distance without stopping, burst into the Athenian assembly delivered the news and died on the spot. Fun Run is his story.


Fun Run is not just an homage to Pheidippides, but a performance spectacle that pushes one man to the limits of his endurance. Artist Tristan Meecham runs a gruelling 42.2kms on a treadmill supported by massive visual effects, a booming soundtrack, a silky-voiced MC and hundreds of performers and athletes from the local community. Fun Run is a huge public event that really has it all – bouncing pom-poms, bulging muscles, cyclist’s calves and a flash mob that will have everyone moving.

And it was fun. What fun. You could hear it from blocks away. But what made this event so curiously subversive was the lack of cues that clued us in that it was Art. Countless passersby wondered what they were watching – a charity event? A corporate stunt? A sporting spectacle? It was all of these things, kind of, or parodies of each. It definitely involved the city in a truly remarkable way, and as the sun set and the runner entered the final leg of the race the atmosphere was electric among onlookers still none the wiser as to why they were even there. A gold medal affair”  The Age Newspaper.

Opening Event Sydney Festival , Hyde Park. Saturday 5 January 2013.


Creator and Running Man: Tristan Meecham

Community: Bec Reid

Event Director: Willoh S Weiland

Stage Management: Lara Thoms

Video: Liz Dunn

Sound: Luke Smiles

Costumes: Lauren Beck

Production: Emily O Brien

Production Support: Martyn Coutts

Producer: Freya Waterson

Fun Run MC: Mike Steel, Zoe Coombs Marr

Fun Run Dancers: Bec Reid, James Shannon, Kyle Kremerskothen, Jacinda Richards, Jess Devereaux, Julia Mardjuki, Holly Durant, Lee Serle, Jullian Crotti

Community Collaborators: Hump’s Athenian Army, Balance and UTS Tri Club, Physique Aerobics, Marching Koalas, Northern Beaches Gymstars, Northbridge Knockouts, Harbour City Bears, CFC Fitness Fusion, The Running Company, Salsa Republic, Team Mojo, Sydney Roller Derby League, Crossfit Bondi and CBPT Gym


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