Entries are now open for the inaugural Australian Running Festival in the nation’s capital city.

This exciting new event will incorporate The Canberra Times Canberra Marathon along with a Half Marathon, 50km Ultra Marathon, 10km and 5km fun runs.  Events cater for all abilities from serious runners to joggers, wheelchairs, pushers and walkers.

Australia's oldest city marathon, established in 1976, has been relaunched as an entirely new event over a spectacular course, with perfect autumn weather expected for the country’s first major marathon of the year.
The marathon course consists of a 10km loop through the Parliamentary Triangle, followed by a doubled stretch along the southern and then northern shores of Lake Burley Griffin, from Bowen Park to near the Glenloch interchange. Participants will cross Kings Avenue Bridge on the outward journey, and Commonwealth Avenue Bridge on the return journey.

The 5km and 10km fun runs will be held on Saturday afternoon, with the half, full and ultra marathons on Sunday morning.  What better reason is needed to spend a weekend in Canberra?

The Festival will raise funds for more than 500 charities and the marathon is expected to be nominated as a championship event by Athletics ACT and the ACT Veterans Athletic Club.

Next event date:

9-10 April 2011




Most running events have the same start time.  

Auckland’s Cathay Pacific Half Marathon and 11km Run and Walk is a little different.  It has staggered start times so that all participants finish at the same time.

Runners are asked to estimate their race time on the entry form and are notified of their start time before the race.  The maximum time allowed is 3h 30m and the aim is for all to have completed their race by 10.30am.

All events start and finish in Orakei Domain, at Okahu Bay.

The picturesque course along the Auckland waterfront was cancelled last year because of tsunami warnings after an earthquake in Chile.

From the start runners make a circuit inland through residential areas on an undulating course before heading down to the waterfront at Kohimarama and continuing through Mission Bay, Okahu Bay and completing another circuit closer to the central city.

Race organisers have a great range of spot prizes on offer – including return airfares for two to Hong Kong, with a side trip of two nights accommodation and sight-seeing in Macau.

Next event date:

27 February 2011



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