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Shorten to run different kind of marathon

AAP logoAAP 12/08/2016

Opposition leader Bill Shorten is one of more than 80,000 people set to take on Heartbreak Hill in one of the world's largest fun runs in Sydney.

The federal Labor leader is relishing the opportunity to run a different kind of marathon - the 14km City2Surf from the CBD to Bondi Beach - on Sunday after an eight-week election campaign.

"I understand that Heartbreak Hill will test me but I think it will be a wonderful day," he said.

But Mr Shorten did concede that: "In terms of my own athleticism, I will make a better prime minister than I will runner."

British athlete Tom Musson, who didn't qualify for the Rio Paralympic Games because his partially amputated arm was too long, will run to raise money for cancer charity CanTeen.

"I love running and wish I'd realised it much earlier. While there's little to no chance of ever competing at an international meet, I'll continue training," he said.

Musson aimed to finish City2Surf in less than 52 minutes. The record is 40 minutes and three seconds.

But paramedics urged all runners to know their limits.

"Every year we come across people who need our help simply because they haven't prepared properly, don't drink enough fluids or wear proper footwear and clothing," NSW Ambulance said.

Two years ago a 27-year-old man running in the second-fastest tier died after going into cardiac arrest metres before the finish line.

And police warned any Pokemon Go players in the race to be sensible.

"Be aware there are at least 80,000 people around and do it safely," a spokesman said.

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