Sunday, 23 May 2010

Don't sit around

Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, May 23, 2010 with 2 comments
There's plenty of good we can do.

ACTVAC annual general meeting.
Please come to the club’s Annual General Meeting with special guest speaker Professor Dick Telford OAM. Dick is one of Australia’s top coaches (currently the High Performance Coach in Long Distance Running for Athletics Australia) and in great demand as an entertaining and motivating speaker. Tuesday 25 May, Orion Room, Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden, 7:30pm sharp. I even have a job; handing out membership cards!

Canada Fun Run
Cancer Council ACT in conjunction with the Canadian High Commission will hold the annual Canada Fun Run on Sunday 20 June 2010. You are invited to assist in raising funds for cancer research by taking part this year. Without your fantastic support the Canada Fun Run would not be the success that it is, raising an incredible $33,000 in 2009.
Canada and Australia both share a dedication to cancer research and while advances are being made in both countries, it is vital that we continue to raise funds for this important cause. Cancer is a leading cause of death in Australia and ongoing research into this disease is our best hope of reducing the risk. All funds raised will go directly to Cancer Council ACT.
If you wish to participate please register online at
Should you have any questions please call us on 6257 9999.
We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Canada Fun Run.

2010 Bush Capital Bush Marathon Festival
Australian Mountain Running Association
Bush Capital Bush Marathon Festival, Canberra, 31 July 2010
Online registration at the above website is now available for this year's Bush Capital Bush Marathon Festival on 31 July 2010. The program of events is:
7.30am Early bird start for slow runners in 60km ultra and 42km marathon
8.30am Bush marathon 42.2 kms; marathon relay; 60km ultra; 25km bush walk
9.00am 25km bush run
9.30am 16km bush run and 16km bush walk
12.00pm 5km run and walk
12.40pm Under 13 years 2km children’s run
1.00pm 10km run and walk
The organisation and courses are basically the same as in previous years. However, there have been several improvements made this year:
1. If you have 2 or more family members or friends or relay team members you wish to enter using the one credit card payment, the online registration now offers the option of specifying how many persons (up to 5) you wish to enter and then registering all of them sequentially in the one entry process.
2. There is now a 20% discount for online family entry (2 parents & 1 or more children under 20, or 1 parent and 2 or more children under 20).
3. There is a 10% discount if you enter by 15 June. It will be greatly appreciated if you can enter as soon as possible as this greatly assists in race organisation planning for drink stations, portaloos, pre-event postage of chest numbers to all participants, and provision of race mugs and apparel.
4. Event T shirts: White Coolmax T shirts with navy blue panels are on sale as part of online registration for $35. These must be ordered before 12 noon on 19 July. No orders will be accepted after that date.
5. The 60 km ultra running course has been greatly improved, with last year's long bitumen section along Mulligans Flat road replaced with a scenic, fully off road trail in Mulligans Flat reserve, with the turnaround at the picnic area carpark entrance to the reserve in the suburb of Forde.
6. On the event website, an online VOLUNTEERS button has been added to make it easy for volunteers to register to help. An event like this with an expected 600+ participants needs many helpers. If you are injured/ill this year but would be happy to help out, please register as a volunteer online. You will be given a choice of a bottle of wine or an event T shirt plus a race mug for helping.
This is the principal fund raising event for the Australian mountain running teams each year and the organisation is on a fully voluntary basis to raise funds. The Australian teams receive no government financial support and this year the World Mountain Running Championships will be in Slovenia and the World Long Distance Championships in the USA, costing about $4000 per person. Please encourage friends and others to run or walk in one of the BCBM Festival events: 2k, 5k, 10k, 16k, 25k, 42k, 60k & 42k relay runs and 5k, 10k , 16k and 25k walks.
The Australian Mountain Running Association organises free power walks and runs up Mt Ainslie (12.45pm, first Tuesday of each month, 2.3kms) and Black Mountain (12.45pm, third Tuesday of each month, 2.6kms) and everyone is welcome. See the website for full details.
The ACT Cross Country Club has a weekly program of events where everyone is welcome. See
Orienteering ACT has events each Wednesday and Saturday and most Sundays. If you don't know how to read a map or use a compass, you can try an easier course and a helper will give you instructions before you go out. See
The ACT Rogaining Association has a fabulous training event on 30 May, the 5 hour Metrogaine where you can stroll, walk or jog around the streets and bushland areas of South Canberra and the Woden Valley for up to 5 hours from 10am, either as an individual or in a team of 2 to 5 persons. See The start/finish is at a scout hall in Deakin.
Other events. See
In respect of Canberra events, the usual Canberra calendar of AMRA events late in the year has been re-arranged as follows:
23 October Mt Majura Vineyard 1/2/3 Peaks, 12k, 20k, 26k
7 November Deep Space Mountain Marathon events, Namadgi National Park: 8k, 19k, 25k, 44k
12 December Black Mtn Challenge, Canberra, 4.8k (a Woden Harriers event)
19 December Tour de Mountain, Woden Valley, Canberra, 9k, 17k, 25k
22 January Orroral Valley Classic, Namadgi National Park: 3k, 8k, 20k, 32k
Each event caters for walkers as well as runners
Other information
There are regular news updates on the AMRA website and a calendar of great trail running events around Australia.
John Harding
Australian Mountain Running Association (AMRA)
Ph 0427 107 033


  1. Lots of great running opportunities coming up. I love this time of the year. Do you know why the Canada Fun Run is no longer called the Terry Fox Fun Run? Just curious ....

  2. Legal reasons Liz. Which is highly ironic because Terry Fox accepted no corporate sponsorship and no endorsements. Don't believe that people won't register your name if you don't do so first. Just like the case of "Canberra Marathon" and "Canberra Half Marathon", there are many unethical opportunists out there.
    The previous statement is, of course, a product of pure speculation.