Make festival running part of your 2018 fitness plan

STRIDING OUT: Runners at the start of the 2017 Canberra Times Australian Running Festival. Photo: Supplied
STRIDING OUT: Runners at the start of the 2017 Canberra Times Australian Running Festival. Photo: Supplied

The Australian Running Festival has a distance for everyone at 5km, 10km, half, full and ultra marathon.

Held over the weekend of April 14-15, the festival celebrates healthy lifestyle, fitness and fun.

Five scenic courses showcase the best of Canberra’s scenic views, and host more than 6500 runners.

The 5km and 10km take place on the Saturday; and the half, full and 50km marathons on the Sunday.

Entrants who register before January 17 will save $20 off the standard fees and get the race day app.

For the ‘friendly’ runs over 5km and 10km, special pricing packages are offered for small family groups.

This year the Australian Running Festival has a total prize pool of almost $20,000. 

The Men's and Women's marathon winners will take home $3000 each; the half and ultra, $1000 each.

And winners of the 5km and 10km fun runs won’t be going home empty handed either, with $500 each.

The event also has a fundraising goal of $250,000 for a wide range of worthy causes.

Aside from the stride, the event also has an entertainment stage, expo, ‘elite’ district and little runners' zone.

The event will also have a special live broadcast of the 2018 Commonwealth Games from the Gold Coast. The Games marathon is scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 15.

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is set to become the main sponsor and and official technology partner of the festival.

Registrations are open for the Australian Running Festival at runningfestival.com.au