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GET READY RUNNERS, THE AUSTRALIAN RUNNING FESTIVAL ENTRIES ARE OPEN!

GET READY RUNNERS, THE AUSTRALIAN RUNNING FESTIVAL ENTRIES ARE OPEN!
Challenge yourself at The Australian Running Festival, April 12 and 13, 2014

Runners of all abilities can stick to their New Year’s fitness resolutions and sign up for the Australian Running Festival, taking place in ten weeks time on Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13, 2014.
 
Featuring Australia’s oldest marathon, The Canberra Times Canberra Marathon, this ultimate running weekend also features an Ultra Marathon and Half Marathon, as well as the adidas 10km and adidas 5km fun runs.
 
The popular, family friendly event, invites participants of all abilities, including serious runners, joggers, wheelchairs, pram pushers and walkers, to take part. In 2013, almost 6,000 participants took part, and this year, many more are expected to travel from all over Australia to join in the event.
 
For the first time, all five courses will be a one-lap route, exploring the beautiful Canberra lakeside and surrounds. A new starting area will see all events start near Old Parliament House.
 
Entrants are encouraged to raise much needed funds for more than 225 charities, with the fundraising target set this year at $300,000.
 
The Australian Running Festival 2014 also introduces a Gold Charity Program for those who would like to make fundraising the focus of their half marathon or marathon experience.
 
The adidas 10km fun run and adidas 5km fun run – Saturday, April 12
 
The Saturday events are divided into two waves of competitors, the adidas 10km and adidas 5km fun runs.
 
Both courses begin in the National Rose Gardens and make their way along Lake Burley Griffin, through the Parliamentary Triangle before finishing near Old Parliament House.
 
The adidas 10km fun run begins at 7am and the adidas 5km fun run kicks off at 9am.
 
The Canberra Times Canberra Marathon, Ultra Marathon (50km) and Half Marathon (21.1km) – Sunday, April 13
 
The Marathon and Half Marathon courses start at Old Parliament House and make their way around picturesque Lake Burley Griffin, taking in the lake’s beautiful surrounds.
 
The Marathon course heads out along the banks of the lake passing the National Zoo and Aquarium, crossing the Schivener Dam before running through the scenic suburb of Yarralumla. All three long distance courses will meet up to finish in the National Rose Gardens
 
The Half Marathon will follow the Marathon course before turning back to recross the lake via Commonwealth Avenue.
 
The Australian Running Festival offers the opportunity for Marathon runners to go ‘beyond the Marathon’. The Ultra Marathon course follows the Marathon course up to the 40km point before entrants follow the Lake Burley Griffin foreshore to complete an additional 8km.
 
The Ultra Marathon and Marathon events begin at 6:30am on Sunday, April 13, followed by the Half Marathon at 7.45am.
 
Fairfax Events, Race Director, Rebecca Wilmer said: “The Australian Running Festival encourages running enthusiasts from all over Australia to make their way to Canberra for a fulfilling weekend of running!
 
“This year we are expecting 7,500 entrants to take part over the weekend – and with the variety of distances available, there is something for all fitness levels.”
 
Entries are now open for all of the events, please visit runningfestival.com.au to register.
 
Early bird entries close on Friday, February 28.
 
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