City to Surf fun-run canceled for the third consecutive year
Perth’s popular city surf race has been canceled for the third consecutive year.
The Chevron-sponsored event is the latest to be canceled amid uncertainty over how WA will deal with the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
The cancellation is a blow to disability service provider Activ, as the event is their biggest annual fundraiser.
However, Activ CEO Michael Heath said the organization must prioritize community health and safety.
“The decision not to hold the event again this year was very difficult, however, the health and safety of all Western Australians comes first, so we believe it is the most responsible decision,” said Mr. .Heath.
“Our goal is to bring this much-loved community fun race back in 2023.
“We remain focused on our ongoing work to support disabled West Australians, especially during this difficult time.”
The race was scheduled for August 28 and was expected to attract over 40,000 runners.
The news follows the cancellation of the popular Mandurah Crab Fest, the state’s largest free regional event. It would have taken place on March 19 and 20 and was expected to welcome more than 100,000 locals and visitors.
On Monday, the Perth Festival announced that its opening event had also been scrapped in the face of the growing Omicron outbreak in WA.