Australian Running Festival Runner's Guide
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When does the Australian Running Festival take place?
The 2013 Australian Running Festival will be held over two days on April 13 and 14.
What are the different events and when do they take place?
The 2013 Australian Running Festival events information as follows:
Ultra Marathon - Sunday, April 14, 7:00am - Entries for this event have now closed as it has reached full capacity.
Marathon - Sunday, April 14, 7:00am - Entries for this event have now closed as it has reached full capacity.
Race organisers reserve the right to declare the race over at 1:30pm (6.5 hours after the start).
Half Marathon - Sunday, April 14, 7:00am - Entries for this event have now closed as it has reached full capacity.
adidas 10km Dash - Saturday, April 13, 8:30am
adidas 10km Fun Run - Saturday, April 13, 9:45am
adidas 5km - Saturday, April 13, 12pm
* All times and courses are subject to change
Proposed Road closure information for the 2013 event weekend can be viewed here. All times are subject to approvals.
A map of the managed road access areas for Saturday, April 13 between 7:30am and 2pm be viewed here.
A map of the managed road access areas for Saturday, April 13 between 2pm and 8pm can be viewed here.
A map of the managed road access areas for Sunday, April 14 between can be viewed here.
How do I enter?
The only way to enter is online. Payment method for online entries is via credit card. If you do not own or have access to a credit card Australia Post have a facility where you can purchase a pre paid card that can be used for online purchases.
Can I swap my entry 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 22, 2013. For runners who register on or after February 23, your race bib will be available for collection at the Expo.
*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 complete the forms below 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 or refund my entry fee?
When entering the Australian Running Festival the terms and conditions must be accepted by each individual entrant. The refund and transfer policy is listed below. There are no exceptions to this rule for change of mind.
"I acknowledge that refunds will only be made prior to 5pm Friday, March 22, 2013 and will only be given for a medical reason supported by a medical certificate. I understand that a 50% administration fee will be deducted, and if a race pack has been sent out, the entrant must return it to Fairfax at his or her own expense by no later than 5pm Friday, March 22."
Entries cannot be transferred to a different runner.
Full terms and conditions
Transferring to another event:
You will be able to transfer your entry to another event within the Australian Running Festival until 12pm Wednesday, April 10, 2013. All transfers will incur a $10 administration fee. If you are transferring to a shorter event you will forfeit the difference in price, and if you are transferring to a longer distance you will need to cover the difference in price. For instructions on how to transfer please click here.
If you registered on or before February 22, 2013 your race bib will be sent to you in the post. This means you will need to attend the event expo to return your original race bib and collect your new race bib.
Race Pack collection dates and times:
Telopea Park School
Friday, April 12, 2013: 4pm - 7pm
Saturday, April 13, 2013: 6am - 2pm
Sunday, April 14, 2013: 5:30am - 7am
Please contact event organisors for transfers into the seeded start group. Transfers cannot be made from person to person.
Important information about your Race Pack
If you have registered on or before February 22, 2013 with a correct Australian address, your race pack is being mailed out to you. If you register on or after February 23, 2013, or live outside Australia, you must pick up your race pack from the Australian Running Festival Event Expo.
No responsibility can be taken by the organisers for packs 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 pack.
A friend or family member may pick it up for you as long as they have a copy of your E-Ticket.
Please read the following information carefully:
- These packs contain your bib tag
- 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 fun run and 10km dash will receive:
1st $500 adidas voucher
2nd $250 adidas voucher
3rd $150 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.
Congratulations to the winners of the Timex Time Bonus - Rowan Walker in the Marathon and Chadi Elashkar in the Half Marathon, both running the fastest final lap of their race.
What time are the presentations?
Presentations for all events in 2013 will take place within Telopea Park School, in the recovery area. The 5km presentation will be at 12:30pm, and the 10km presentation will be at 9:30am on Saturday, April 13.
The Half Marathon presentation will take place at 8:30am, with the Marathon and Ultra Marathon presentations taking place at 12:00pm, on Sunday, April 14.
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 2013 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 baggage holding area within the grounds of Telopea Park School, near the basketball courts and recovery area. Please do not leave valuables as all care but no responsibility will be taken.
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?
Race organisers reserve the right to declare the race over at 1:30pm (6.5 hours after the start). Cut off points will be implemented at strategic locations that runners will have to reach by a set time in order to be able to reach the finish by 1:30.
Is February 22 the closing date for ALL entries for this year’s event?
No. February 22 is the cut-off date for entrants to receive their race packs in the mail. Entries are accepted after this cut-off date but instead of receiving your race pack 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 the Australian Running Festival Event Expo .
Will there be pacers?
Yes, 2013 will have pace setters for the Marathon.
For more information click here.
Can I volunteer?
We will need over 250 volunteers to help get our runners to the finish line. If you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer, please click here for more information.
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.
Can I catch public transport to the event?
For public transport information and to plan your trip, visit action.act.gov.au