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Welcome to Canberra Runners

This is an interim web page which will operate until our new web site is operational in 2022.

Canberra Runners (formerly YMCA Canberra Runners Club) is Canberra’s largest running organisation and offers events and activities for runners of all ages and abilities. At Canberra Runners we aim:

  • To encourage and promote the sport of running in the Canberra region.
  • To conduct a range of running activities, events, and training.
  • To promote active lifestyles by encouraging broad participation in social and competitive running activities in an inclusive and supportive manner.

Canberra Runners holds over 90 races each year ranging from 1.6 km to half marathons and a 100 km multi-stage event. Our headline events include Capital to Coast, the Canberra Half Marathon, and the Thredbo Fun and Fitness Week. We also offer training programs for beginner runners looking to run their first 5 kms, through to runners wanting to step up to a half marathon.

If you’re just looking for someone to run with Canberra Runners also offers group runs with the TTS group meeting on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings, and Sunday Runners on Sunday mornings.

Canberra Runners is very excited to announce the return of Thredbo Fun and Fitness Week for 2023. Being held from Saturday 7 January to Saturday 14 January the program of 21 events promises to deliver something for everyone, right in the heart of Thredbo. For more information and to register see here.

Membership

Membership of Canberra Runners is open to all. Membership categories include adult members, junior members (open to persons under 18 years of age on 1 January 2023), family members, and volunteer members. All members must agree to uphold the objects of Canberra Runners and comply with the requirements of the Association’s Constitution and By-Laws.

The membership year is from 1 January to 31 December and membership provides free entry to all Canberra Runners activities except the Half Marathon, Capital to Coast, Thredbo Fun and Fitness Week, and Training Programs. Members receive discounted entry for these activities.

Canberra Runners also regularly offer members discounts to events such as the Canberra Times Fun Run, the Canberra Marathon Festival, etc.

Canberra Runners is supported by The Runners Shop Canberra where members receive 5% off any sale items and 10% off other items.

Everyone attending a Canberra Runners activity including TTS and Sunday Runners must be a current member of Canberra Runners. Membership is not expensive, and funds raised through membership allow us to continue to offer our great range of events and activities.

Membership pricing is detailed below and signing up is available here. Membership fees are not refundable and memberships are not transferable.

Membership type Early bird (to 28 Feb 2023) Price (from 1 Mar 2023)
Adults $65 $85
Child (Under 18 years on 1 January 2022) $30 $40
Family (Family members residing at the same address) $95 $125
Volunteer Free Free

Events

Canberra Runners has several flagship events run each year:

  • Capital to Coast – a two-day staged trail race run between Canberra and the South Coast in August. More information is available at https://www.capitaltocoast.com.au/
  • Canberra Half Marathon – The Canberra Runners Half Marathon is held in May each year. The race starts and finishes in Lennox Gardens and follows a beautiful undulating course around West Basin. Information about the 2022 event can be found here. Canberra Runners Half Marathon 2022 results can be found here.
  • Thredbo Fun and Fitness Week – is a fantastic summer holiday option for families and friends. Held within the Thredbo Alpine Village in Kosciuszko National Park in January each year the program of events runs over 8 days with something for everyone. Register for the 2023 event here.

More information will be available on the new web site in due course.

Club races

Canberra Runners hosts a series of races throughout the year. Participation is free for members. Non-members are welcome and entry is $15 for adults and $5 for runners aged under 18 years.

  • Summer Series – consists of eight events, each including a 2 km race and a 5 km race. Summer series events are held on Tuesday evenings at 6:15 pm between January and March.
  • Winter Series – events are held on Saturdays from late April until late September. Distances range from 1.5 k up to half marathon and there are events on bike paths, cross country and dirt roads.
  • Spring Series – are held on Tuesday evenings for 5 weeks commencing on the first Tuesday in November. Each event includes a short and a longer event. The final event in the Spring Series is the Christmas Relays, a low-key, fun event where teams of 6 runners compete over 12 kms.
  • Jogalong – is held on the first Sunday of every month in Weston Park. There is a 6 km event for women* and girls, a 3 km event for women* and girls and boys aged 12 years and under, and a 2 km minijog for boys and girls aged 12 years and under. Children aged under 6 years must be accompanied by a responsible adult. All events are run on dirt tracks and bike paths. Jogalong is free to members. Non-members are welcome and entry is $15 for adults and $5 aged under 18 years. Jogalong events are all about participation and enjoyment. They are designed to encourage women* and girls to get out and get active by providing a physical challenge in a friendly and social environment.
    Jogalong newsletter (pdf): Jogalong Jottings June, July and August 2021, Jogalong Jottings November and December 2021, Jogalong Jottings January February and March 2022, Jogalong April May June 2022.

    *including non binary and gender diverse people who may normally include themselves in women's events.
A schedule of upcoming events:
Date Event name Start time Distance(s) Start address
Tue 1 Nov 2022 Spring Series 6:15 pm 5/2 km Boathouse East (Menindee Dr Parkes)
Tue 8 Nov 2022 Spring Series 6:15 pm 5/2 km Barrenjoey gr (off Lady Denman Drive)
Tue 15 Nov 2022 Spring Series 6:15 pm 5/2 km Weston Park
Tue 22 Nov 2022 Spring Series 6:15 pm 5/1.7 km Black Mountain Peninsula (John Cardiff Close Black Mountain Peninsula)
Tue 29 Nov 2022 Spring Series 6:15 pm 5/2 km Stromlo Forest Park
Sun 4 Dec 2022 Jogalong 8:00 am 6/3/2 km Weston Park
Tue 6 Dec 2022 Christmas Relays 6:15 pm 12 km Weston Park
Sun 1 Jan 2023 Jogalong 8:00 am 6/3/2 km Weston Park
Sat 7-14 Jan 2023 Thredbo Fun and Fitness Week n/a n/a TBC
Sun 5 Feb 2023 Jogalong 8:00 am 6/3/2 km Weston Park
Tue 7 Feb 2023 Summer Series 6:15 pm 5/2 km Stromlo Forest Park
Tue 14 Feb 2023 Summer Series 6:15 pm 5/2 km National Museum (Lawson Cr Acton)
Tue 21 Feb 2023 Summer Series 6:15 pm 4/2 km Telopea Park (Telopea Park East Kingston)
Tue 28 Feb 2023 Summer Series 6:15 pm 5/2 km Weston Park
Sun 5 Mar 2023 Jogalong 8:00 am 6/3/2 km Weston Park
Tue 7 Mar 2023 Summer Series 6:15 pm 5/2 km Barrenjoey (off Lady Denman Drive)
Tue 14 Mar 2023 Summer Series 6:15 pm 5/2 km Boat House East (Menindee Dr Parkes)
Tue 21 Mar 2023 Summer Series 6:15 pm 5/1.7 km Black Mountain Peninsula (John Cardiff Close Acton)
Tue 28 Mar 2023 Summer Series 6:15 pm 5/2 km Stromlo Forest Park
Sun 2 Apr 2023 Jogalong 8:00 am 6/3/2 km Weston Park

Group runs

Group Runs occur all year round and are free to members. Our group runs cater for runners of all ages and abilities, although runners aged under 18 years should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

  • TTS – meets for group runs from 6:30 am to 7:30 am on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at Lennox Gardens, Flynn Drive in Yarralumla and from 7:00 am to ~ 8:30 am on Saturdays at varying locations around Canberra. Generally, there will be a group breakfast at a local coffee shop after the Saturday run. For more information on TTS runs contact us here or sign up for the TTS newsletter here.
  • Sunday Runners – meets 7:30 am on Sunday mornings at varying locations around Canberra for a 60 minute out and back run followed by a group breakfast after. For more information on Sunday Runners join the Sunday Runners Facebook Group or contact us here. You can also sign up for the Sunday Runners newsletter here.

Training programs

Canberra Runners offers structured training programs which cater for beginner runners through to more experienced runners wanting to increase their distance or pace. Each program is delivered by Training Program Coordinators, volunteer members with Level 1 Run Leader (or above) accreditation through Athletics Australia, with assistance from volunteer members of Canberra Runners.

Each program is designed to all allow participants to develop fitness and running strength in a fun and supportive environment. Programs are priced individually with a discount offered to current members.

Our current programs are:

  • Get Running is Canberra Runners' 8-week training program designed to help you reach your running goals and finish the 5.4km or 10km fun run at the Canberra Times Marathon Festival. This program starts in February each year.
  • Step Up to Half 2022 is Canberra Runners’ Half Marathon Training Program designed to help you reach your running goals and finish the Canberra Runners Half Marathon in May with a smile on your face. This program starts in February each year.
  • Canberra Times Fun Run Training Program prepares runners for the 5 and 10 km Canberra Times Fun Runs.

Contact us

Canberra Runners Incorporated
ABN: 38 900 275 937
Postal Address: PO Box 173 Gungahlin ACT 2912
Email us here.
Connect with us on Facebook here.

Canberra Runners Incident Report Form: https://forms.office.com/r/W98aGirs24. Note: Requires a Canberra Runners Microsoft 365 account.