Conquer Canberra's Ultimate Running Weekend

Conquer Canberra's Ultimate Running Weekend
  • article date 22 November 2017 by One Green Bean

 On Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April, the nation's capital will once again play host to Australia's most historic running event. The Australian Running Festival presented by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is one of the most iconic running events in the calendar and has a distance for everyone; a 5km, 10km, Half Marathon, The Canberra Times Marathon and the 50km Ultra Marathon. The festival celebrates a full weekend of healthy lifestyles, fitness and fun across five scenic courses that showcase the best of the nation's capital. 

With over 6,500 runners converging on Canberra for the weekend, the festival kicks off with the 5km and 10km fun runs on Saturday 14th. Whether you are a returning runner looking to better your time or a runner just looking to get out there and have some fun with friends, these fun runs are the perfect way to get involved and participate in the captivating experience that is the Australian Running Festival.  

For the serious runner, The Half Marathon, The Canberra Times Marathon and the 50km Ultra Marathon will take place on Sunday 15th April. The courses take runners on a picturesque route following the parliamentary triangle, along the banks of Lake Burley Griffin, and finishing on the East West lawns. This year sees a course enhancement for the Half and Ultra Marathons as well as the iconic Canberra Times Marathon, featuring fewer hills and a more pleasant course for runners. 

Entrant’s who sign up before January 17 will save $20 off standard registration fees, and will also gain access to an interactive race day app, thanks to the events new presenting and technology partner TCS. Also, anytime leading up to the event, entrants will be able to take advantage of special Family Packages for 5km and 10km events – two adults and a child is free or two children and an adult is free. 

This year the Australian Running Festival has a total prize pool of almost $20,000. With the winners of The Canberra Times Marathon Men's and Women's taking home $3,000 each and the winners of the Half Marathon and Ultra Marathon Men's and Women's $1,000 each. Also, winners of the 5km and 10km fun runs won’t be going home empty handed either, winning $500 each. 

Run for a cause this year and to help reach the event fundraising goal of $250,000 for a wide range of worthy local, community and worldwide causes - more details can be found at the event website. 

Across the whole weekend, runners and their loyal fans alike can expect an immersive event village experience. The West Lawns will host an entertainment stage, event expo, elite athlete district, and a little runners' zone fitted out with a plethora of kids’ activities to ensure a weekend of fun for the whole family. And if that’s not enough, this year the village will have a special livesite, broadcasting all the action of The 2018 Commonwealth Games, live from the Gold Coast. The Commonwealth Games Marathon is scheduled to take place on Sunday 15th, giving spectators the unique opportunity to watch the best long distance runners in Australia compete in person and also watch the best marathon runners in the Commonwealth compete live on the big screen. 

This year we welcome TCS coming on board as the Australian Running Festival presenting and official technology partner. TCS have a history with partnering with many of the world’s biggest running events, including the TCS New York City Marathon, TCS Amsterdam Marathon, London Marathon, Boston Marathon, Singapore Marathon and numerous other races. 

Girish Ramachandran, President, TCS Asia Pacific said:  “We are delighted to partner with Fairfax on these marque running events and look forward to bringing TCS’ global running sponsorship and technology experience and capabilities to Australia. Beginning in April 2018, TCS is excited to have the opportunity to help further develop the Australian Running Festival in Canberra into one of the premier running events in Australia. 

Registrations are open for a weekend away with the whole family at the Australian Running Festival. 


Wed 22 November – Tues 16 January:                Early Bird Entry (save $20)

Wed 17 January – Tues 27 March:                        Standard Entry (Save $10)

Wed 28 March – Friday 13 April:                            Late Entry 

EVENT Saturday 14 April:     Australian Running Festival (Day 1) – 5km and 10km

Sunday 15 April:                   Australian Running Festival (Day 2) – Half Marathon,                                                                                                 Full Marathon, 50km Ultra Marathon 

Join the conversation at @austrunningfest, #australianrunningfestival

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