The ACTCCC has just made its official announcement. What follows is an open letter to Cross Country Club members.
"Many of you have suggested that we conduct an alternative event if the Canberra Marathon dispute cannot be resolved in a way that meets the conditions set by the Chief Minister for providing approval for the event. As the Chief Minister’s conditions (advised to CSM and to this Club last year and announced publicly on 4 February) have not been met it is apparent that the 2010 Canberra Marathon will not be held. Taking into account your strongly expressed views we have decided to conduct a new weekend of running that incorporates a number of our previously separate events into the one festival.
"A Canberra Road Running Festival will be held on 1st and 2nd May 2010 and will incorporate:
a 2km Mini Jog for children under 10 years of age;
a 5km Fun Run;
a Half Marathon (41st Rex Foulkes Half Marathon)
a Marathon (to be known as the National Capital Marathon);
an Ultra 50k event; and
a Runners Expo.
"We are fortunate to have secured world champion marathon runner Rob de Castella as patron and a key support for the planning and execution of the weekend. We also have a number of sponsors and support groups for the weekend.
"Many of you have offered support in response to the previous open letters. We will clearly need your assistance leading up to the May weekend and of course on that weekend. If you would like to volunteer please let us know as soon as possible (firstname.lastname@example.org). A list of specific tasks will be put on the website but you may want to move quickly to show your support."
The website link has also re-opened