Griffins” are runners who have completed ten or more Canberra Marathons or 50km events. If you complete 20 events you become a “Burley Griffin” and after 30 events a “Walter Burley Griffin”.
Griffins receive a free singlet and a certificate on completion of their 10th run and also receive discounted entry and personalized bib in future Canberra Marathons.
There is a closed Facebook group for the Griffins. If you would like to be added to the group, please let request to join.
Birth of the Griffins by Rob Ey
It must have been in January 1994. I was coming back to work after a lunchtime 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 ten 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) coordinator.