YMCA of Canberra Half Marathon, incorporating the 49th Rex Foulkes Memorial Race, will be held on Sunday 27 May 2018. The race start time is 8.00 am from the race Headquarters at Lennox Gardens, Flynn Drive, Yarralumla (opposite the Hyatt Hotel). This race has been a major annual event in the calendars of club members, and local and interstate runners and this tradition continues. Saturday 26 May offers social runners and families a chance to complete in shorter runs including a 1.6 km Mini Jog and a 5 km Fun run.
About the Half Marathon Rex Foulkes, in whose memory this event is named, was a local distance runner who died in a road accident while returning to Cooma from Canberra after a race in 1970. The first Rex Foulkes Marathon was held on 13 September 1970 and had just 24 finishers. In 2017 there were 326 entrants. This race is a YMCA of Canberra Runners Club (YCRC) members senior distance runner of the Year point score event. This event is for both competitive athletes and social runners. Entry is only available for those over the age of 16. Those who expect to take more than three hours are asked to contact the organisers to arrange an early start. There are prizes for the first three males and female, as well as for age group winners (see below). All finishers will receive a medal, and there are plenty of barrels draws. What to know what time to beat? Last year's result are here.
Registration now open, please click on the below link
Prices and dates
Early bird: Closes 30 April 2018
Standard: Closes 25 May 2018
Early Bird entries will also go into a draw for Mizuno vouchers. Entries will be taken at Lennox Gardens from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm on Saturday 26 May - cash or credit card only.
Bib collection is available from 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm on Saturday 26 May alternatively from 7.00 am Sunday 27 May from the race start and finish area at Lennox Gardens. Race bibs are to be worn on the front of the upper body. The Half Marathon is electronically timed, and the timing transponder is attached tot he race of the race bib, it is therefore essential that runners do not cover or damage the race bib. Want to see if your friends have entered yet? The list of participants is here.
The course is a scenic loop around the West Basin of Lake Burley Griffen. The first 3 km are open on the road, and then it moves to the well-maintained bike path as the edge of the lake. Drink stations will be situated approximately every 4 km. They will serve sports drinks and water in that order. A drink station will also be at the finish. There are also toilets at 1 km, 4 km, 6 km (this requires leaving the course slightly), 13 km, 16 km and 19 km, as well as the start/finish area. Sports Medicine Australia (ACT Branch) will provide first aid; they will be stationed at the start/finish and provide mobile (bicycle sports trainers) around the course. Photographs will be taken around the course so remember to keep smiling! Runners will be able to access these photographs for free; a link will be distributed after the events. There are good spectator vantage points at many locations including Weston Park (4 km to 7 km), Barranjoey Drive (12 km) and Black Mountain Peninsula (14.5 km to 16.5 km).
Tea, coffee, biscuits and fruit will be available to all runners. These facilities are for runners only. Presentations will commence at 10.30 am as follows:
First Female and First Male - Perpetual Trophy/Keepsake and $350
Second Female and second Male - Keepsake and $200
Third Female and third Male - Keepsake and $100
Fourth and Fifth Female and Male - individual medal / $50 Runners Shop Gift Voucher
Masters / Veterans Categories - medals for first three female and first three male finishers in each 5-year age group Female 30 / Male 30 onwards.
At the conclusion of the presentations, there will be barrel draws where all finishers have their chance to win a prize. Runners must be present to win these prizes.
Saturday Fun Runs
There is 1.6 km and 5 km Fun Runs on Saturday 26 may, both of which are run on bike paths, with a short section of grass. The 1.6 km run for kids will start at 1.30 pm, and all junior finishers will receive a medal. The 5 km event (map below) will begin at 2.00 pm. This race is a YCRC Junior Distance Runners of the Year point score event. Both events are free for YCRC members. The entry for non-members is $10 for adults and $5 for U18s. Entries are only available on the day.
For safety reasons, no roller blades, skateboards, accompanying cyclists or dogs are permitted. Prams are allowed in all events, but please start at the back of the field. Note that bike paths are open to the public so please respect other users.
Portable toilets will be available near the start/finish. Runners can also jog to Lotus Bay and use the Public Toilets there or those at the Canberra Yacht Club. Please be aware that the two automated Public Toilets at Lennox Gardens should be avoided as they are unreliable and become blocked quickly.
A coffee cart will be available where friends and family can purchase tea, coffee, hot chocolate, etc.
Accommodation and Tourist Information
Operated by YMCA Canberra, Leaumeah Lodge is located conveniently just off the Barton Highway as you enter the ACT. Leaumeah Lodge is walking distance to plenty of cafes, local shops and family attractions. Leumeah is an ideal spot for families and a great alternative to staying in the busy city. Ensure to mention the Half Marathon for a 15% discount on accommodation and a complimentary late checkout. Hurry limited rooms available!
Alternatively, there is a range of accommodation in the Canberra region which is close to the course. Runners and families can check and book accommodation through the VisitCanberra. The National Capital is a great place to spend a few days or more. Late autumn and winter is a great time to visit. Sites that are of interest and are central to the race start/finish areas include; Cockington green, the Australian War Memorial,National Museum of Australia and Questacon.