When does the Australian Running Festival take place?
The 2014 Australian Running Festival will be held over two days on April 12 and 13.
What are the different events and when do they take place?
The 2014 Australian Running Festival events information as follows:
Ultra Marathon - Sunday, April 13, 6:30am
Marathon - Sunday, April 13, 6:30am
Race organisers reserve the right to declare the race over at 1:00pm (6.5 hours after the start).
Half Marathon - Sunday, April 13, 7:45am
adidas 10km - Saturday, April 12, 7am
adidas 5km - Saturday, April 12, 9am
* All times and courses are subject to change
Can I swap between events or create a new entry on race weekend?
IMPORTANT: No entries will be taken on race weekend.
Transfers are available between events, please see below. You are only able to compete in the event that you are registered in.
Entries cannot be transferred to another person.
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)
Do I need to return my tag or bib after the race?
No, bib tags are single-use only; please dispose of it thoughtfully.
How much does it cost to enter?
Postage of race bibs only available for those who enter on or before February 28, 2014. For runners who register on or after March 1, 2014, your race bib will be available for collection (details below).
*Prices include GST.
Australian addresses only. Please ensure your address is correct on your entry form.
Do I qualify for a seeded?
People who have recorded a qualifying time from an event listed in the table below are pre-qualified for this event.
Results can be searched for on the entry page and used to qualify automatically. Please remember that your name will only show up as you entered it in that previous race.
If you have not participated in these events you will need to email us before registering with links to your results for approval.
IMPORTANT: Please then wait for a response as we cannot change your start group after you have entered.
We accept times from any official race, anywhere in the world, within the last year over 10km. If you have results that will qualify you, please email us with links to your results.
Can I enter more than one person on the entry form?
The entry form online is for individuals only. For safety reasons it is very important that we have vital information such as emergency contacts for every single entrant in the race. However, when you reach the end of entering the first entrant's details you will be asked if you would like to register another entrant or continue to the check out, this facility allows multiple entries may be processed together with one payment if you so wish.
What are the Age Categories?
Females and Males
12 and under
All age category results will be listed online with the overall result listings.
There are no age category prizes.
All entrants will be able to download a finishers’ certificate. Each entrant will also receive a finishers’ medal on race day.
Every person is entered into the race as an individual. You may also enter yourself in a team with friends, relatives or work colleagues. Each team requires a minimum of three competitors.
To start a team the first person to enter should simply follow the team prompts after clicking “enter now”. Each subsequent member can then enter and search for that team during the entry process. The administrator will be emailed with a unique log-in page where they can see all members listed.
IMPORTANT: No places are secured until paid for in full.
All participating team members will receive a finishers’ medal on race day. There are no team prizes awarded, only bragging rights.
Can I join a team after I have registered?
Yes, if you've already completed your registration without selecting a team, you can add yourself using the following steps:
1. Login to your registration - you can do this in two ways; a) there is a link on the top right of your e-ticket called 'My Account' or b) via the 'Check Your Entry' link on the Enter page using your email address and password (your password is supplied in your confirmation of entry email).
2. Click the tab called 'Registrations' across the top. Your entry will appear. Click the magnifying glass on the right hand side.
3. Click 'Join a Team' (on the right hand side) which will prompt you to select a team and save the changes.
What does the entry fee pay for?
Representatives from various community organisations all over Canberra help out on the day and each of these organisations receives a ‘per volunteer’ donation in appreciation for their assistance.
Your fee also pays for your chest bib, bib tags, runners guide, road closures and associated costs, a copy of The Canberra Times, infrastructure and important medical support. We provide a free clothing and storage area, free water during the race, entertainment along the course and at the finish line. All finishers will also receive a finishers medal (available for the event that you are registered in, on completion of that event).
Can I transfer to another person or refund my entry fee?
When entering the Australian Running Festival the terms and conditions must be accepted by each individual entrant. The refund policy is listed below. There are no exceptions to this rule for change of mind.
Entrants may be entitled to a refund of entry fee up to 50% of the original charge if they are unable to run due to a medical condition and they provide Fairfax with a current medical certificate outlining the condition before COB on Friday March 21, 2014 and, if they have already been sent their race pack, they return the race pack to Fairfax before COB on Friday March 21, 2014.
Full terms and conditions
Transfers cannot be made from person to person.
Can I swap between the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and 5km or create a new entry on race weekend?
IMPORTANT: No entries or transfers will be done on race day. You are able to swap between races as long as there is still availability.
When transferring to a longer distance event, the difference in entry fee will be charged along with a $10 administration fee. Transferring to a longer distance event will be available online from Monday, March 24, 2014 until 5pm Monday, April 7, 2014.
The instructions for transfers can be found here.
When transferring to a shorter distance event, the difference in entry fee will be forfeited and no admin fee will charged. Any transfer to a shorter distance event will need to be done in person at the Race Bib Collection location (see below for details).
No online transfer is required for transferring to a shorter distance; entrants will need to notify the event organisers via email prior to the transfer cut off date, 5pm Monday, April 7, 2014.
When transferring between events, you will be issued a new race number and bib to be collected from the Event Race Bib Collection Point prior to event day.
Race Bib Collection details:
East West Lawns, corner of King Edward Terrace and Parkes Place West.
Friday, April 11, 2014: 4pm - 8pm
Saturday, April 12, 2014: 6am - 2pm
If your race bib has been posted to you, please bring it with you to be swapped over.
Please ensure that you bring your e-ticket or have it ready on your mobile device. If you are unable to make it, a friend or family member can collect on your behalf, they will need to supply your e-ticket to do so.
Important information about your race bib
If you have registered on or before February 28, 2014 with a correct Australian address, your race bib is being mailed out to you. If you register on or after March 1, 2014, or live outside Australia, you must pick up your race bib (details above).
No responsibility can be taken by the organisers for bibs sent to an incorrect address in good faith.
You will receive an e-ticket via email when you register that you will need to print out and bring along with you to collect your race bib.
A friend or family member may pick it up for you as long as they have a copy of your e-ticket.
- They will be mailed out over the period of a month so please don't be alarmed if a friend receives theirs before you
- Replacements for any lost bibs or tags are $20 (limited numbers)
Are there prizes?
Overall first placed male and female winners and placegetters in The Canberra Times Canberra Marathon will receive:
Overall first placed male and female winners and placegetters in the adidas 5km event will receive:
1st $500 adidas voucher
2nd $250 adidas voucher
3rd $100 adidas voucher
The Canberra Times 50km Ultra Marathon event is a part of the IAU 50km World Cup selection. Winners of the 50km Ultra Marathon will be invited to run the final race of the 2014 IAU 50km trophy. The qualifying time for men is sub 3 hours 20 minutes and sub 3 hours 50 minutes for women.
The invitation includes the following:
- Travel Grant to help cover the cost of flights
- Free full board accommodation for 5 nights
- Participation in the race
If runners do not make the qualifying time some exceptions may be made.
All winners who run the qualifying time are automatically invited to the IAU final race.
The Griffin Programme
The Australian Running Festival is pleased to confirm that the Griffin Programme will continue to be acknowledged through the YMCA of Canberra Runners Club.
All participants that achieved new Griffin or Burley Griffin status in 2014 will receive a certificate, and will be recognised at www.runningfestival.com.au and www.canberrarunner.com.au
The Australian Running Festival is an entirely new event, however, results from this event and the 2010 Canberra Road Running Festival and previous Marathons will be recognised by the YMCA of Canberra Runners Club towards participants' Griffin status.
The Griffin Programme is operated and officiated by the YMCA of Canberra Runners Club. Enquiries from prospective new Griffins or Burley Griffins in
2013 can be directed to the club's Griffins Coordinator, Peter Clarke, by email to email@example.com
What can I do with my gear?
There will be a gear drop off and collection point at East West Lawns, near the recovery area (further information coming soon). We recommend you only leave the following individual items:
- Change of clothes and light weight jacket
- Water bottle
- Post race snacks
NO personal bags of any description (backpacks, purses, handbags) will be accepted. Any unattended bags left at the start or surrounding areas will be removed by security.
Do NOT leave any valuables such as wallets, keys or phones. The event will take care of your belongings, but no responsibility for valuables or clothing that are lost or damaged.
Gear Drop Off Procedure
- You will be given a see through plastic bag at the gear drop off/collection point
- Write your bib number on the coloured square on the outside of the bag with the markers provided
- Individual items only may be placed within the plastic bag (no personal bags of any description will be accepted)
- Show your bib when leaving your plastic bag with the gear volunteers
- After your run you will be asked again to show your bib to collect your gear
- Please do not bag your gear if you are not going to collect it at the end of the race
What happens if I require medical attention on the day?
St John Ambulance will provide immediate assistance should you feel unwell or injure yourself on race day. If further assistance is required, such as transportation to hospital, costs are incurred by the patient.
Are there cut-off times for the Marathon?
Cut-offs for Saturday, April 12 2014
Cut-offs for Sunday, April 13, 2014
Is February 28 the closing date for ALL entries for this year’s event?
No. February 28 is the cut-off date for entrants to receive their race bibs in the mail. Entries are accepted after this cut-off date but instead of receiving your race bib in the mail, you will receive an e-ticket via email. You will need to print off this e-ticket and bring it with you to Race Bib Collection point (details above).
Where can I find out more information on running and other running events?
You may like to visit Runners Tribe or Cool Running websites for further information on races near you.
I've got a problem with my fundraising page, where can I get help?
The Australian Running Festival has partnered with online fundraising experts Everyday Hero to create our new website fundraising functionality. Everyday Hero’s ARF help section should provide the assistance you require. If your problem cannot be answered in their online help section, contact Everyday Hero.
What is an iTaB?
The iTaB finisher's medal insert is an exciting new addition that allows you to create a lasting memento of the race for an additional $10. The iTaB is a customised insert engraved with your name and finish time which fits perfectly into the back of the finisher's medal. If you forgot to order yours during the entry process, click here to purchase online now. Worldwide postage included.
Can I catch public transport to the event?
For public transport information and to plan your trip, visit action.act.gov.au