BLACKTOWN Council's $80,000 funding of the M7 Cities Marathon is under threat as it tries to get more bang for its buck.
The council is reviewing its festivals and events program so it remains contemporary and popular.
The aim is to ensure the funding is best utilised.
Out of 412 competitors who took part in this year's 42 kilometre M7 Cities Marathon from Liverpool to Rooty Hill, only 73 were from the Blacktown LGA.
The annual Hot Summer Grooves Festival is also under threat, to be replaced with a new event at Nurragingy Reserve's Chinese gardens.
Liberal councillors and independent Russ Dickens support the report, which sparked an angry reaction from Labor councillors.
They will put forward a rescission motion at next week's ordinary meeting.
"The marathon is world-renowned and recognised as a tough but reliable course," Cr Stephen Bali said.
Councillor Tony Bleasdale added: "It would be foolish not to continue this marathon, an event that is known globally."
Liberal councillor Karlo Siljeg argued the marathon didn't represent Blacktown in the right way and that a better sporting event could eventually be put in its place.
The marathon attracts five international runners, according to Liberal councillor Jackie Donaldson.
A review of existing community festivals will go to council in the coming weeks.
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