Thousands hit the streets for City2Sea

More than 11,000 runners took to the streets around St Kilda this morning for the Sunday Age City2Sea event.

In perfect conditions for running, competitors began the 14-kilometre course at the Melbourne Arts Centre and finished at St Kilda's Catani Gardens. Along the way, they pounded down St Kilda Road, around the Albert Park Lake, down Fitzroy Street, and up and down Beaconsfield Parade.

London Paralympian Jake Lappin was the first across the line, with the 20-year-old finishing in 37 minutes and 40 seconds in his racing wheelchair.

Also back from London, Olympian Michael Shelley was the male winner and well clear of the field with a time of 41.02.

Tarli Bird from Moama won the women's event, coming in at 50.53.

Last year's City2Sea attracted 13,000 runners, with $500,000 raised for charity.

In August, 85,000 people took part in City2Sea's sister event in Sydney, the City2Surf.

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