The 2017 YMCA Half Marathon has been run and won. Congratulations to our winner Brad Croker and Hannah Walmsely, and to all our finishers.The 2017 YMCA Canberra Half Marathon has been run and won. Congratulations to our winners Brad Croker and Hannah Walmsely, and to all our finishers.
The date for the 2018 YMCA Canberra Half Marathon will be announced shortly. Watch this space for further details.
For many years the Half Marathon weekend has been a major annual event in the calendars of YMCA Runners Club members and local and interstate runners, and the tradition continues.
The event is named in memory of the late Rex Foulkes. Rex was a local distance runner, who tragically 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 and had just 24 finishers. In 2017 we had nearly 400 runners.
The course starts and finishes in Nara Park and includes a lap of West Basin, making it one of the more scenic courses around. And the weather in late May is usually great for running.
The Club runs a training group in the lead-up to the Canberra Half Marathon. This is designed for those seeking to run their first half marathon or returning to running after a break. The program typically includes three organised training sessions a week for 11 weeks, commencing in February. See our Training Groups page for more details.