Agnes Levine, who was one of the founders of the race, returned to Mosman Public School to help launch this year’s event and told Mosman Collective how it all came about.
“The City2Surf had been around for a while but there was this growing popularity with fun runs so we thought we’d give it a try and it sort of took off from there,” said Agnes.
“We were looking for a source of funds from outside our own community, at the same time providing some sort of event bringing people together.”
On your marks, get set … GO!
The race was a huge success, raising a staggering $25,000 in its first year. But it was a major challenge to put it all together.
Agnes, with her children Judith, Aaron and Naomi in tow, spent weekends ahead of visiting other fun runs around the city, handing out flyers promoting the event.
Mini Mos has been around since 1982. This photo was taken in 2010.
But there was nobody better placed to spread the word with Agnes having recently compiled a history of Mosman Public School to coincide with the school’s centenary in 1980.
Throughout the preparations Agnes continued to work as a psychologist while raising her family. Agnes’ husband, the late Honourable David Levine AO RFD, QC, was one of Australia’s top defamation lawyers and went on to serve as a judge on the Supreme Court.
Fair to say it was a busy time.
“Don’t sleep,” is Agnes’ advice when asked how she managed to fit it all in.
“But it’s all about the whole community. It was so much fun and a great spirit at the school. I loved being part of the school community. Get involved if you can, you won’t regret it.”
Alongside Agnes, other race founders, including Tony Tanner and Warren and Mim Nutt, gathered alongside race MC Amber Sherlock, members of this year’s organising committee and this year’s event director Mandy Scammell.