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Keen on running? Here are 19 running events for 2021

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Thinking about taking up running in 2021, or just keen to take things to the next level? We’ve rounded up 19 running events in Canberra for 2020.

A note about COVID safety

Due to the ever-evolving situation around COVID Safety, these dates may change, and many annual events have yet to be scheduled.

We encourage to check individual websites to keep abreast of any updates.

For many women, ‘running’ is intimidating—something only done by the fittest of the fit. But it’s a fantastic and flexible way to get fit, make friends and discover your city.

One way to get into running is to reach out and find yourself a fitness tribe; a group of people who can encourage you, mentor you and importantly, keep you accountable.

Luckily Canberra is blessed with a great number of running and fitness groups that can help you stick to your plans, get results and provide an enjoyable journey along the way.

There are some great social clubs, like the Females in Training (FIT), Parkrun at various locations throughout Canberra and plenty of other options.

One of the most popular is the YMCA Runners Club of Canberra (formerly the ACT Cross Country Club). With about 1,000 members ranging from new runners through to veterans, you’ll find camaraderie and support—and there are training groups to make sure you’re prepared.

Being part of a running group is such a great experience. It’s a lot easier getting up early in the morning when there’s the assurance of friendly faces and there’s the added motivation of people who will know if you don’t show up.

The advice that you get from experienced runners is invaluable, and many of the YCRC team have numerous half marathons and marathons under their belts.

It’s the perfect opportunity to meet new people, start your day with that glorious endorphin high and make some serious progress towards achieving a new challenge—so make sure you get on board!

Dates for your 2020 Canberra running diary


Every SaturdayParkrun—a weekly free timed 5km run/walk on Saturday mornings, at multiple locations across Australia. See parkrun.com.au for the full list of locations.

Third Tuesday of each month, commencing 19 January: Black Mountain Run Up and Power Walk – free 2.6km run and power walk.

First Sunday of each month, commencing 2 February: Women and Girls’ Jogalong – 6km; 3km mixed (females all ages and boys under 13); and 1.6km Mini-Jog (boys and girls under 13) options. See canberra.ymca.org.au for more information and locations.


17 January: Kowen Trail Run: New Year’s Resolution Run – 21.1km half marathon, and 12km fun run and walk.


14 FebruarySri Chinmoy Fun Run– 4km and 10km fun run/walk.


14 March: 2020 Weston Creek Half Marathon – half marathon and 10km Community Fun Run

20 March: Relay For Life in Canberra – 24-hour relay

20 March: The Grapest 5K Run – 5km or 10km off road fun run and wine tasting “waddle”.

21 March: Canberra Colour Frenzy – a 5km blend of fun and colour at Weston Park.

28 March: MS Walk Run + Roll – 5km, 10km & 14.4km


11 April: The Canberra Times Running Festival – Kids Mile and 5.3K on Saturday; 10 km, half marathon, marathon and ultra on Sunday.


9 May: Mother’s Day Classic – 5 km run or walk and 10 km run.

YMCA Canberra Half Marathon – 21.1km half marathon (NO DATE AS YET)


Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Runs Stromlo Strides – 2km, 7km & 16km (NO DATE AS YET)

Sri Chinmoy Half-Marathon – 2-mile, 5-mile and half marathon (NO DATE AS YET)

Kowen Winter Trail Run – 12km, half marathon, and marathon course. The marathon course is an approved Six Foot Track qualifier (NO DATE AS YET)

Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Runs Tuggeranong Trot – 2km, 8km & 20km (NO DATE AS YET)


Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Runs Gungahlin Gallop – 2.2km, 10km and 31km (NO DATE AS YET)


Capital To Coast – a 100km multistage event held from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon at various locations between Canberra and Huskisson (NO DATE AS YET)


Kowen Moonlighter – 7.55 km, 15.10 km, 22.65 km, 6-hour ultra marathon, 12-hour ultramarathon, 12-hour relay ultra marathon (NO DATE AS YET)

Sri Chinmoy Trail 100 – 100km solo/four-leg relay (NO DATE AS YET)


20 -21 November: Stromlo Running Festival – Kids 2.5km, 10km, 30km, 50km

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