Massive toilet queues under Harbour Bridge as Sydney Marathon kicks off in brutal heatwave

Gross video footage has captured massive queues for the toilets underneath the Harbour Bridge ahead of the iconic Sydney Marathon.

A record-breaking number of runners kicked off the largest marathon in Australia’s history on Sunday as scorching heatwave conditions rock the NSW capital.

A short video posted to X (formerly Twitter) captured massive queues for the public toilets.

Camera IconFootage posted to X captured extensive lines outside public rest rooms in Kirribilli ahead of the Sydney Marathon. X/John33806700 Credit: Supplied
Camera IconThe Sydney Marathon starting line on Sunday morning: NCA NewsWire / Monique Harmer Credit: News Corp Australia

“Crazy! Queuing for toilets at 2023 Sydney Marathon,” the user wrote as the video pans down to the bathroom chaos.

The marathon went ahead despite high temperatures being forecast for Sydney amid a pending heatwave.

Hazard reduction burns were suspended to relieve the smoky haze across the capital days before the major event.

Marathon Race director Wayne Larden said organisers put out an extra “drinks station” and three ice stations in the middle of the course to help struggling athletes cope with rising heat

“The safety and wellbeing of our participants is our highest priority,” he said in a statement.

“We are working closely with key stakeholders, including the Rural Fire Service (RFS) and Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) to ensure the highest safety standards are implemented.”

Camera IconAttendees cross the Sydney Marathon starting line at Milsons Point. NCA NewsWire / Monique Harmer Credit: News Corp Australia
Camera IconThousands of athletes and runners are taking part in the marathon. NCA NewsWire / Monique Harmer Credit: News Corp Australia

NSW Health’s Executive Director of Health Protection Dr Jeremy McAnulty urged people to take precautions given a recent spike in asthma attacks.

“Simple precautions can reduce the risk of heat-related illness. It’s important you do not allow yourself to become too hot or dehydrated by minimising physical activity outdoors during the day and staying well hydrated by drinking water. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty before drinking water,” Dr McAnulty said.

Camera IconMore than 30,000 people were registered to participate in the marathon. NCA NewsWire / Monique Harmer Credit: News Corp Australia
Camera IconOrganisers have put numerous plans in place to combat potential heat exhaustion issues. NCA NewsWire / Monique Harmer Credit: News Corp Australia

“It’s best to try and avoid the heat of the day by staying indoors and keeping curtains and blinds shut early. If you don’t have airconditioning, using a fan, wetting your skin with a sponge, spray or water-soaked towel can help to keep you cool.

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