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Stromlo Running Festival 2014

The STROMLO Running Festival is now entering its sixth year with some new and exciting changes. As you may be aware, the event has been moved from its traditional February time-slot to now be held in November.

In 2014, the STROMLO Running Festival will now concentrate on three trail running events: a 50km, a 30km, and a 10km.

The early bird entry fee ($80 for 50km, $60 for 30km and $40 for 10km) includes:

  • High quality Mizuno finishers shirt (RRP $50)
  • A finishing medal
  • Post-race breakfast
  • Access to on-site camping

We are also excited to announce the Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) as the event's 2014 charity partner. The IMP is a health promotion charity, established by Rob de Castella in 2009, that uses running to instil pride and demonstrate the incredible capacity Indigenous Australian men and women have to achieve. Click here to find out more about the IMP.

The weather in Canberra in November is also perfect for distance running with an average morning temperature range of 13-20 degrees.

All of the courses have been revised for 2014 and now start and finish from STROMLO Forest Park. The unique clover leaf designed courses will ensure plenty of opportunity for spectators to support their loved ones, while providing an event for runners of all levels - beginners through to the very experienced. Aid stations will be positioned at approximately every 5km on all of the courses.

Starting at 8am, the 10km course skirts around the lower slopes of Mt Stromlo, providing beautiful scenery with a few undulations suitable for runners of all levels. The field will be limited to a maximum of 400 participants and there is no cut-off time. The field will be limited to a maximum of 400 participants and the event will start at 8:00am.

Participants in the 30km event will initially complete the 10km course before passing through the event hub and completing a second loop of 20km. The 20km loop is a challenging run which travels around the western part of Stromlo Forest featuring amazing views of the Brindabella mountains before ascending the western side of Mt Stromlo to take in all of the glory of Canberra. The final few kilometres are a fast descent back down to the event hub and the finish line. There is a 4 hour cut-off to be considered an official finisher of the 30km event. The event will start at 7:30am and the field will be capped at 300 participants.

For those runners seeking a real challenge this could be exactly what you are looking for. The clover leaf course includes of the 10km and 20km loops featured in the 30km event, and follows with an additional 20km loop which travels east along the Molonglo River and climbs through the Arboretum to the top of Dairy Farmers hill, providing a stunning view of Lake Burley Griffin, before returning through pine forests to the event hub and the well-deserved finish line. This event will be a tough 50km race and is intended for accomplished runners who are capable of running a marathon in under 4 hours. Although there is no qualifying performance required to enter the 50km event, in order to receive what will be a highly sought after finishers medal and t-shirt, competitors must complete the course in under 5 hours. It is important that runners are aware that a strict cut-off time of 3 hours will be applied as competitors pass through the 30km point. Any runner outside this time will be considered to be a 30km event finisher. The event will be limited to 300 competitors and start at 7am.

A coffee cart will be operating from 6am on Sunday morning at the event hub. BBQs will also be available for those who are camping at the event hub and who want to cook their own meals. If you are looking for a great weekend away; an event to kick-start your summer; or for a qualifying performance for the 6-foot Track Marathon – the STROMLO Running Festival has an event for you.

Early bird entries will be taken from the 1st of August through to the 31st of October. Entry fees will then increase to late entry prices from 1st November and online entries will be open until the 13th of November. Entries are limited for all events, so please enter early to ensure you don't miss out. If positions are still available late entries will be taken at the event hub on Saturday afternoon between 4pm and 6pm at late entry prices.

Entry Costs

Early Bird Entry (1st August – 31st October)

  • Lighting Strike 50km: $80
  • Lightning Strike 30km: $60
  • Lightning Strike 10km: $40

Late Entry (1st November – 16th November)

  • Lighting Strike 50km: $100
  • Lightning Strike 30km: $80
  • Lightning Strike 10km: $60

Major Sponsors

ACT Government

Event Sponsors

Mizuno The Canberra Times Hammer Nutrition