Runners Club Events

The Runners Club holds a series of races over the year, including major events and smaller club races. The club welcomes non members to all club races for a fee of $10 for seniors and $5 for juniors. All races are free to club members except for the Canberra Half Marathon.

Upcoming Events

Saturday 26 August 12:45pm – Hackett 2/3#6^ cc│Antill St Hackett

Sunday 10 September 9:00am – Women’s and Girl’s Jogalong 6/3/1.6km│Weston Park

Saturday 16 September 7:00am – Goorooyaroo Off Road Half Marathon 14k / relays│Horse Park Drive Gungahlin

Sunday 1 October 9:00am – Women’s and Girl’s Jogalong 6/3/1.6km│Weston Park

Tuesday 31 October 6:15pm – Spring Series Boathouse East 2/5k Menindee│Dr Parkes

Sunday 5 November 9:00am – Women’s and Girl’s Jogalong 6/3/1.6k│Weston Park

Tuesday 7 November 6:15pm – Spring Series Barrenjoey Dr 2/5k│Off Lady Denman Dr

Tuesday 14 November 6:15pm – Spring Series Weston Park Dr 2/5k│Weston Park

Tuesday 21 November 6:15pm – Spring Series Black Mt Peninsular 1.7/5k cc│John Cardiff Close Black Mt Peninsula

Tuesday 28 November 6:15pm – Spring Series Stromlo Forest Park 2/5k cc│Uriarra Rd

Sunday 3 December 8:00am – Women’s and Girl’s Jogalong 6/3/1.6k│Weston Park

Tuesday 5 December 6:15pm – Christmas Relays│Old Parliament House Lawns

Event Calendar

Summer Series

The summer series consists of 8 events each of which has a short race of 2km and a longer race of approximately 5km. Races start on Tuesday evenings at 6.15pm. The summer series starts on either the last Tuesday of January or the first Tuesday in February.

Winter Series

Winter series events are held between April and August and include a range of distances and surfaces. Most events are held on Saturday afternoons with a 2km event starting at 12.45 pm. Two longer options are usually offered and generally start at 1.00 pm. Longer events are held on Saturday mornings, and no 2 km option is offered at these events. Check the Facebook page or Club emails for details of upcoming events.

Spring Series

This is a series of 5 events which have a 2km and 5km race. Races are held at 6.15 pm on Tuesday evenings. The series starts on the first Tuesday in November.
YCRC Event Calendar

The Club runs regular club races throughout the year at various locations throughout Canberra. For the current program see Event Calendar.

Club races are designed to encourage participation of families, juniors, amateur and experienced runners alike with different length circuits to suit all levels and abilities. Club races are provided as part of your membership fee so you may as well get out and RUN!

Pre-registration is not required for Club races just turn up to the start venue and enter your name as a participant on the day. Pre-registration is not required for Club races just turn up to the start venue and enter your name as a participant on the day.

Bring your own water bottles as drink stations are generally not provided
There is no secure place to store valuables so leave what you can at home
There is childcare provided at the women and girls jogalong. No childcare is provided at any other Club races and the health and safety of children remains the responsibility of parents/guardians at all times.

Club Race Maps

Barrenjoey     Black Mountain Peninsula      Boathouse East Basin

Cooleman Ridge     Dunrossil Drive     Ginninderra Creek

Goorooyaroo half Marathon     Kingston Physio 10 Miler     Lake Ginninderra

Mt Ainslie     National Museum     Nth Lyneham     Pennington-Longstaff (Stromlo)

Runners Shop -Menindee Drive     Smithy (Stromlo)     Stromlo Forest Park

Symonston (Callum Brae)     Telopea Park 

Australian Running Festival

YMCA Canberra Runners Club is a strategic partner with Fairfax Events, manager of the Australian Running Festival (ARF). As part of this arrangement we provide some services over the ARF weekend, for which we are paid. The 2017 event is being held on 8 and 9 April.

We are currently recruiting volunteers to help out on both days. We need drivers (lead and sag wagons), lead cyclists, marshals and start/finish helpers for both days, as well as a volunteer co-ordinator.

The Club is also providing pacers for the 10 Km Fun Run on 8 April. Pacers receive free entry in return for running their designated time. We need pacers for 40, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70 and 80 minutes. We are also looking for someone to co-ordinate the pacers.

If you are available to assist in any of these areas please send your details to

Have you run, or are you about to run, 10 Canberra Marathons or Ultras? If so, check out our Griffins page. For general information about the ARF please visit


YMCA Canberra Half Marathon

The 2017 YMCA Canberra Half Marathon has been run and won. Congratulations to our winners Brad Croker and Hannah Walmsley, and to all our other finishers.

The results are available on My Race Result and you are able to print off a finisher’s certificate from the site too. Photos are available at YMCA Runners Half Marathon 2017 - No 1, YMCA Runners Half Marathon 2017 - No 2 and YMCA Runners Half Marathon 2017 - No 3.

Thanks to all our volunteers and sponsors. See you all again next year!

About the Half Marathon For many years the Half Marathon weekend has been a major annual event in the calendars of YCRC members and other local and interstate runners and the tradition continues.

Rex Foulkes, in whose memory this event is named, was a local distance runner, who died in a road accident returning to Cooma from Canberra after a race in 1970. The first Rex Foulkes Half Marathon was held on 13 September 1970 had just 24 finishers. In 2015 there were 458 entrants.

Thredbo Fun& Fitness Week

The 2018 Fun and Fitness week is being held from 6 to 13 January. Check out the Facebook page for the latest news - and maybe some hints for the Quiz!

The 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 the program of events runs over 8 days with something for everyone.

Experienced Runners - Test yourself at Altitude ! Kosciuszko Classic - 5km to the top of Mt Kosciuszko or the Crackenback Challenge - 2km with a 600metre climb.

Fun Runners - A number of different fun runs for running or walking are held throughout the week

Get into the Mountain Spirit - mixed relays, sprints, grand slam tennis, golf competition, aquathon and more

For a taste of what is on offer, read the write up of some of last year's events.

Accommodation in Thredbo caters to those who like a little luxury through to those who are happy to pitch their tent. For everything from boutique hotels through to self-catering apartments, studio lofts and the Thredbo Diggings National Park Camping area visit 

Women & Girls Jogalong

Walk, Jog or Run at the ACT Women's and Girls' Jogalong. Held on the first Sunday of every month starting at 9 am (8 am in summer) at Weston Park. The start and finish line are near Prescott Lane. All welcome, you don't have to be a member of the club to participate, just turn up on the day and give it a go!

June Jottings

6km Event: The Jogalong is a 6km walk jog or run on tracks and bike path. It is a handicapped event, with walkers starting off first and faster runners leaving progressively from higher groups. The course is marked by witches hats so, look out for the witches hats along the way. This event is limited to women and girls only

3km mixed event: The 3km mixed event is for all female ages and boys under 13years. The course initially follows the Jogalong course, but turns at 1.5km and returns to the Jogalong start line. This event commences with Group 1 of the Jogalong.

Mini-jog: This event is 1.6km for girls and boys under 13years. A handicap system is applied to the event with barrel prizes on offer as well as medals for the first three eligible placegetters on handicap. The 'Robert De Castella' and 'Lisa Martin (Ondieki)' trophies are awarded at the end of the year to the boy and girl who top the point score.

All events start and finish near Prescott Lane, Weston Park.

Entry is FREE to YMCA of Canberra Runners Club Members
Non Members single event entry is $10 adults or $5 for under 18yrs
Free Childcare is provided by the YMCA at the event start for children under 5 years
6km Race Record is held by Susan Hobson who ran a time of 21.16 minutes

First Time at the Jogalong ? The Jogalong is all about participation and enjoyment. It aims to encourage women and girls to get out and get active by providing a physical challenge in a friendly social environment and a regular opportunity to improve on your own personal best. A handicap system is used for the event so if you are new, report to the registration table before the event begins. Our club volunteers there will help you to establish a handicap group which you will start in.

Our aim is that you should feel a sense of achievement at the end and want to return as a regular participant. This gives you the motivation to train each week so that each month at the Jogalong you can work to improve your personal performance. The only pressure to perform is from you !

Regular exercise is one of the keys to a healthy lifestyle. An advantages of running/walking for exercise is that you don't need a special place to do it and aside from appropriate shoes no specialist equipment or coaching is needed to get started. You can leave from your front door - you just need to set aside some time to fit it into your daily routine. If you play another sport or compete in other active recreational events running can be helpful in improving your overall fitness level and strength.

Our hope is that once you get started with running you will choose to become a member of the club and pursue other running events and training groups that we offer. All of our events and training groups are coordinated by volunteers so if you have an area that is of special interest get involved and volunteer.

If you would like to know more the contact details for current volunteer Jogalong co-ordinators can be found in the latest edition of the monthly newsletter Jogalong Jottings. 

National & International Event Calendar

The Griffins

Runners who have completed Ten or more Canberra Marathons

There are now (post 2016 marathon) 164 runners who have completed ten or more Canberra Marathons, with Bernie Millett and Bob Fickel leading the way with 32 runs.

For a full list of the Griffins and the number of events they have completed see here. If you think you should be a Griffin and are not on the list, please contact the YMCA Canberra Runners Club admin office with your details.

I would also like to hear from anyone who has completed nine Canberra Marathons and is aiming to run in the 2017 Canberra Marathon. This will ensure that all new Griffins are appropriately recognised.

Birth of the Griffins by Rob Ey

It must have been in January 1994. I was coming back into work after a lunch time run when I bumped into Dave Cundy, who was at that stage Race Director for the Canberra Marathon. We worked in the same building.

Dave mentioned that he had received a letter from a chap called Kevin Browne, suggesting that the Canberra marathon set up something similar to the Spartans in Melbourne for people who had run the race 10 times.

I did a quick calculation and said that it sounded like a good idea as I was aiming to do my 10th Canberra in a few months’ time. Dave, never one to miss an opportunity, said something along the lines of ‘Good. How would you like to look into it and come up with a proposal’.

I had become the first Griffin (although at this stage we didn’t have a name) co-ordinator.

Read more . . .  

2016 Canberra Marathon Wrap Congratulations to the 39 Griffins (listed here) who completed the 2016 Canberra Marathon.

There were plenty of highlights including:

• Welcome and congratulations to the four new Griffins – Ann Owen, Gil Buerdlmayer, Jeff Buxton and Glenn Lockwood.

• Rob Ey completing his 30th Canberra Marathon and is now the 4th Walter Burley Griffin.

• There are now 14 female Griffins. Five of these have become Griffins in the last two years.

• The acknowledgement of the Griffins by Fairfax at the start of the marathon including a Griffin photograph taken at the start line.

• It was great to see so many Griffins wearing their Griffin singlet in the running festival and supporting each other on the course with something highly intellectual and motivating such as “Go Griffin”.

• The return of a number of Griffins including Terry Maidment, Roger Pilkington, Hugh Jorgensen, Jeff Morunga and Charles Low who had not run the Canberra Marathon for some years.

• The four Griffins who completed the Ultra Marathon including Peter Clarke who is the only Ultra Burley Griffin having completed the Ultra 21 times!

• The ongoing support of the Griffins by both the YMCA of Canberra Runners Club and Fairfax.

Let’s all aim to get 50 Griffins complete the 2017 Canberra Marathon.

Peter Thomson - Griffin Coordinator

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