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Apr 14

Australia Running Festival 2018

April 14, 2018 @ 7:00 am - April 15, 2018 @ 5:00 pm AEST

Australia Running Festival 2018

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.

Celebrating 43 years in 2018, its flagship event The Canberra Times Canberra Marathon is Australia’s most historic run.

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

The 2018 Australian Running Festival will be held over two days. The 5km and 10km events will be on Saturday, April 14, 2018.


Do I qualify for a Seeded start?
If you have competed in a race listed on the Qualifying Times page below and you meet the required time, you will automatically qualify and a pre-qualifying start group will be available for selection during registration. If you have not competed in a previous event listed on the Qualifying Times page, please fill out the Pre-Qualification Form below prior to entering with previous results. We accept times from any official race, anywhere in the world, within the last two years and 10km or over in distance. We will only accept results from 5km events for the 5km Seeded Start.

If you have not competed in an official race in the past 2 years, please fill out the Pre-Qualification Form with your Garmin, Strava, or MapMyRun results web link. We accept times from these resources anywhere in the world, within the past 6 months that are 10km or more in distance. Please ensure your account is set to public for us to be able to see and assess your pre-qualification request.

Qualifying Times
Qualifying Times

*A child is anyone aged 15 years or under on race day

** Family packages include either two adults and one child OR one adult and two children. You can add additional individual entries at the shopping cart.

^An adult is anyone aged 18 years or over on race day

^^An adult is anyone aged 16 years or over on race day

Prices inclusive of GST. A credit card surcharge reflecting our actual costs of offering payment by credit card will be added to Visa, Mastercard, Diners and American Express payments.


Is there a Family Package available?
There is a family package available for both the 10km and 5km distances. The package includes either two adult entries and one child entry or one adult entry and two child entries. Please note, if you are registering under the family package, all members must compete in the same distance. If you are wanting to register an additional participant, you can do so at the cart contents page by clicking “Register Another”.

Are there any Age Restrictions?
There are no age restrictions in the 10km and 5km 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, when you arrive at the cart contents page of the registration process, click “Register Another”. You can now commence the registration for additional entrant(s). Please note that all registrations will be paid for in one transaction.

Can I enter on the day?
Event entries will close at 5pm the day before each event if not sold out prior; no entries will be taken after this time.

Is there postage available?
Postage is available as an optional extra for Australian Running Festival participants to select during their registration at a cost of $7.95 including GST. Please note, this option is available for participants with a valid Australian postal address who registered on or before midnight on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Participants who registered on or after Wednesday, January 17, 2018 will need to collect their race bib from Race Bib Collection. If you have registered with an overseas address you will need to collect your race bib from the Race Bib Collection. To check if you have selected postage, please visit your Dashboard. Postage of race bibs will commence approximately 3-4 weeks prior to race day.

How do I enter a team?
If your workplace or friends have registered a team for the 2018 event, you can join their team when registering. You just need to use our registration form and select your registration type, click ‘Join a Team’ on the pop-up box and search for your team name.

If you have already registered and wish to join a team, please email us at runningfestival@fairfaxmedia.com.au and include your full name, bib number, team name and team password (if applicable) in your email.

How do I create a team?
Creating a team is a great way to bring together family, friends or colleagues as part of your participation in the 2018 Australian Running Festival. To create a team, visit our registration form and;

Select your preferred registration type

-Click ‘Create a Team’ on the pop-up box

-Fill out your teams details and click ‘Create my Team’

-From here, you will be taken to the team managers Dashboard where it will then direct you to register yourself for the event. The Dashboard is also where you can manage your team details.

Share your team name, and password if applicable, with your team members so they can select to ‘Join a Team’ when registering.

What do I do if I have lost my eTicket?
If you have deleted your eTicket, please log in to your participant Dashboard to retrieve a copy. If your bank account has not been charged, you are not entered into the event.

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.

Can I transfer to a shorter/longer distance?
Distance transfers are available from Wednesday, April 4 until 5pm on Tuesday, April 10. When transferring to a different event you will be issued a new race number and bib which will need to be collected from the race bib collection. If your race bib has been posted to you, please bring it with you to be swapped over. You are able to swap between distances as long as there is still availability. Participants can transfer distances through their Dashboard by following the below steps:

Select the ‘My Registrations’ tab on the left hand side of your dashboard
Click the ‘Details’ button for the entry you wish to transfer
Click the ‘Make Changes’ button and select ‘Change Event Distance’ from the drop down

Transfer to Fees
Longer Distance Difference in entry fee
Shorter Distance Forfeit difference in entry fee

Can I defer my entry or change events?
Registrations cannot be deferred to a later year or transferred to different events. Please note, there are no person to person transfers available for this event. .

Where can I purchase an iTaB or Event Day SMS?
The iTaB finisher’s medal insert allows you to create a lasting memento of the race for only $12. The iTaB is a customised, engraved insert which fits perfectly into the back of your finisher’s medal. Your iTaB will be manufactured after the event and sent to you in the post. Worldwide postage is included in the price.

You can also receive your results shortly after crossing the finish line with an SMS sent directly to your mobile phone.

Simply log into your Dashboard, select ‘My Registrations’ and ‘Make Changes’ to add extra items.

Where can I leave my gear?
There will be a gear drop off and collection point at East West Lawns, near the recovery area.


April 14, 2018 @ 7:00 am AEST
April 15, 2018 @ 5:00 pm AEST
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