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Australian Running Festival

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Join thousands of runners from around the country and be a part of the iconic Canberra Times Australian Running Festival presented by Tata Consultancy Services in 2019!

We invite people of all ages and abilities to rise to the challenge and choose from a range of courses over the weekend. Enter as an individual or team in the Kids Dash, 5km, 10km, Half Marathon, Marathon or Ultra Marathon and experience the nations capital in a way like no other.

How to enter the Australian Running Festival

  1. Ultra Marathon

    Run 50km
  2. Half Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
  3. 10 K Fun Run

    Run 13.1mi
  4. 5 K Fun Run

    Run 10km
  5. Canberra Times Canberra Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
    AUD $40–AUD $60
    Entry Closed

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Australian Running Festival routes

5km Fun Run

The 5km Fun Run is on Saturday April 13, at 9am, starting from King George Terrace, finishing at West Lawns.

10km Fun Run

The 10km Fun Run is on Saturday April 13, at 7am, starting from King George Terrace, finishing at West Lawns.

Half Marathon

The Half Marathon is on Sunday April 14, at 7:45am, starting from King George Terrace, finishing at West Lawns.


The Canberra Times Canberra Marathon is on Sunday April 14, at 6:25am, starting from King George Terrace, finishing at West Lawns.

Ultra Marathon

The Ultra Marathon is on Sunday April 14, at 6am, starting from King George Terrace, finishing at West Lawns.



Event Details

Raceday Logistics

Friday, April 12, 2019

  • 9:00am-6:00pm – Race Bib Collection – Location TBC

Saturday, April 13, 2019

  • 6:00am – Race HQ opens for race information and bib replacements; Gear Drop opens
  • 6:00am – 5:00pm – Race Bib Collection Sunday events only – West Lawns (Parkes Place West)
  • 7:00am – 10km race starts 
  • 7:00am – 3:00pm – Festival Village – West Lawns (Parkes Place West)
  • 8:00am – 10km presentations to commence
  • 9:00am – 5km race starts
  • 9:30am – 5km presentations to commence
  • 11:00am – Gear Drop-off closes, all items placed in baggage must be collected by this time
  • 5:00pm – Race Bib Collection closes

Sunday, April 14, 2019

  • 5:00am – Race HQ opens for race information and bib replacements
  • 5:30am – Gear Drop Opens
  • 6:00am – Ultra Marathon race starts 
  • 6:00am-2:00pm Festival Village open – West Lawns (Parkes Place West)
  • 6:25am – The Canberra Times Canberra Marathon race starts 
  • 7:45am – Half Marathon Race starts 
  • 10:00am – Half Marathon and Marathon presentations to commence
  • 10:45am – Ultra Marathon and Griffins presentations to commence
  • 1:30pm – Gear Drop-off closes, all items placed in baggage must be collected by this time

Gear Drop

Saturday, April 13 – Festival Village

  • Open from 6:00am – 11:00am

Sunday, April 14 – Festival Village

  • Open from 5:30am – 1:30pm



Where do I find my eTicket and bib number?

eTickets and bib numbers will be sent out closer to event day to all participants via. email.

What happens if I have lost my Race Bib?

If you have lost or damaged your Race Bib or timing chip you can buy a replacement from the Race Pack Collection or Race HQ for $20.

How is the event timed?

Your timing device for the Australian Running Festival is a single-use bib tag. In order to receive an accurate time, please make sure your bib is:
• Clearly visible on the front of the torso
• Unaltered and unmodified – please do not bend or fold your bib • Not covered (eg. by a jumper)

What happens if I start in the wrong group/distance?

Your Race Bib number, including your timing bib tag, is assigned to a particular Start Group and distance as selected during registration. Your bib tag will be activated as you cross the starting mats. If you begin the race prior to your designated Start Group time, you will NOT receive an official time and you will be disqualified.

Are there prizes on offer?

All finishers will receive a finisher’s medal and downloadable finisher’s certificate.

Are there any Age Restrictions?

There are no age restrictions in the 10km, 5km and Kids Dash events, with child entries available for purchase. All participants in the Half Marathon must be aged 16 or older on race day. All participants in the Marathon or Ultra Marathon must be aged 18 or over on race day.

Can I enter multiple people during the registration process?

Yes, once you have entered the first participants details into the registration system, you will land on the Transaction Summary page. This is where you click the blue button ‘+Add Another Registration’ and enter in the new participants details, before proceeding to the checkout to pay for the entries.


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Meet the organizer

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Fairfax Events are ranked #90 in the UK out of 559 organizers

Since 1971, Fairfax Events & Entertainment has partnered with key stakeholders to deliver world class, mass participation experiences, providing significant social and economic impact to local communities. We have over 50 plus events annually across 5 specialised event verticals managed by 90 wonderful event staff and raise over 49 million annually in charity.

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