The Canberra Times Fun Run presented by Westpac will return to the Nation’s capital this year on Sunday September 6.
The fourth event in the Run Out Loud Fitness and Music Series takes place on Father’s Day this year and will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the event with a new offering of music and entertainment along the course.
International party DJ, Hot Dub Time Machine will get Canberra runners pumped up and ready to pound the pavement when he performs at the start line.
The 10km course starts at Yamba Drive in Phillip and continues along Adelaide Avenue, passing over Parliament House, over Lake Burly Griffin and finishing with sweeping views of the Parliamentary Triangle.
With a spectacular loop of Parliament House, Federation Mall and Old Parliament House, the 14km event is an extension of the 10km route.
The adidas 5km has a new course this year and starts on King George Terrace. Participants will join the 14km and 10km routes with all events finishing on the Rond Terraces in Commonwealth Park.
Elite runners, first time runners and families from Canberra and around the country will all be joined on the course by costume-clad participants adding to the atmosphere of fun on the day.
Anyone who has competed in the Munich Marathon in the past 30 years will know that tingling sensation.
The concentration and tension of the runners is tangible; it only subsides after the starter’s pistol sounds, followed by the first elated steps.
The city sightseeing tour starts almost immediately: Olympic Park, English Garden, Bogenhausen art nouveau villas, Munich Gasteig, Isar Bridge, Gärtnerplatz, Sendlinger Straße, Marienplatz, Town Hall, Bavarian State Opera, Residenz, Munich Pinakotheken, Odeonsplatz, Theatinerkirche, Königsplatz, Siegestor, Leopoldstraße.
Countless highlights line up next to each other before the Olympic Stadium comes into range and the finish is in sight.
Runners get goose bumps. At the big marathon gate they are rewarded with mist, music and colourful lighting. On the last 300 metres and accompanied by the cheers of the crowd, they turn into the home stretch of the Olympic Stadium.
“G’schafft” (I’ve made it), as the Bavarians say! And then? Smile please! Everyone’s a winner!