The nine-race Canada Running Series kicks off on 24th March with the Spring Run-Off 8km. Held in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, it brings together the nation’s leading distance runners for the fifteenth consecutive year.
The brainchild of race director Alan Brookes, the series evolved from the Coors Lite series in the 1990s and has grown in numbers and prestige.
In 2012, the events attracted more than 55,000 participants and raised over $6 million for mostly local charities.
Runners across Canada compete for points accumulated by their finish positions at CRS events. The series culminates with the flagship race, the IAAF Silver Label Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on 20th October.
“When I started out in road racing in 1986 I kept hearing ‘you have to go to the United States for a decent race,’” Brookes remembers. “It used to drive me nuts.
“What we have attempted to do is offer accurate, safe courses with finishing times and places for everybody and a quality experience for those after the pursuit of excellence, a healthy lifestyle and a charitable involvement.”
The series offers a range of events in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal throughout summer, with distances from 5km to marathon.
The Australian Running Festival returns to the nation’s capital in April 2013, with organisers confident the event will be bigger and better than ever.
Featuring the renowned Canberra marathon as well as Ultra marathon, half marathon, 10km and 5km events, the Australian Running Festival caters for participants of all abilities.
The marathon course encompasses many of Canberra’s beautiful and prestigious landmarks. Offering great views of the impressive buildings within the Parliament circle, the charming Lake Burley Griffin and many of Canberra’s parks, the course is a true delight for runners.
In addition to the scenery and landmarks, the flat nature offers runners a great opportunity to shoot for their personal best.
The Australian Running Festival is much more than just a marathon event, with events spread across the Saturday and Sunday. Many runners have opted to use the 5km or 10km fun runs as warm up runs for a marathon or half marathon the following day. The festival is also a great chance for participants to raise money for charity, with over $150,000 raised for various charities in 2012.
If you’re after an enjoyable, well organised event with a scenic course and a great chance to raise money for charity, the 2013 Australian Running Festival is for you!