Running in Canberra


The organising body for Athletics in Canberra is Athletics ACT. Competition is all year round, although the most popular athletics meets are from October through to the ACT Athletics championships held at the end of March.  Meets are generally held on Saturday nights, although combined Thursday night meets with The ACT Veterans (below) are also run from time to time.

The ACT Masters Athletics Club caters for those men and women aged over 30, with athletes right up to their 80s competing. The Masters meets are held on Thursday nights from October through to March.

For young athletes aged between 7 and 15, the nationally popular Little Athletics is held on Saturday across 11 different venues in the ACT and Queanbeyan. Click here for complete information on the different venues.


The organising body for Triathlon in Canberra is Triathlon ACT. Events are held throughout summer and winter mainly focusing around Lake Burley Griffin. Triathlon ACT has conducted numerous National Championships in the disciplines of Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquathon. In 2006, the World Long Course Triathlon championships were held in Canberra. Every December the successful Canberra Half Ironman is also held. Sri Chinmoy also holds numerous Triathlon, Swimming and Running events in Canberra including the iconic Triple Tri.

The affiliated Triathlon clubs in Canberra can be found on through a link on the Triathlon ACTwebsite.


The biggest club in Canberra is the Bilbys Triathlon Club which is ideally located for Northside and Central residents. A wide range of inclusive sessions that cater to all fitness levels are conducted throughout the week. Training times for each club can be found on their website.

Tuggeranong Vikings

Live southside? Check out the Tuggeranong Vikings Triathlon club. With over 100 enthusiastic triathletes of all ages and all levels, the Vikings have a great club culture with a ton of experience, particularly for those looking to tackle the half ironman and ironman distances.

Novice Programs

Bilbys, Tuggeranong Vikings and Females in Training (FIT) all run highly successful novice Triathlon programs starting September/October and leading up to the first Triathlon ACT race of the season. FIT also runs a popular Womens and Girls only Triathlon that occurs in late November / early December.


Getting serious about competition? Here’s some of Canberra’s squads and coaches…

Middle / Long Distance

Brad Croker  - Mulligans Flat Track Club

Athletes ranging from 25-15min for 5k. Flexible programs for 5k - marathon distance tailored individually. Contact Brad -

Philo Saunders - Canberra Redbacks

Coaches athletes from 800m right through to the marathon, Philo is an AIS physiologist and elite level runner for the past two decades.

Dick Telford –  Telford Team

The coach of Michael Shelley and Lisa Weightman, Dick has worked with top level athletes going back to the 1980s. His Canberra based squad currently features a large number of the ACT’s elite females.

Gerard Ryan

Gerard was one of Canberra’s great distance runners in the 1980s and 90s, now working hard in coaching middle / long distance running as well as being a key operative for ACT Athletics. Lots of junior talent in this squad too.

Des Proctor - TRI Running

Fast growing group for young triathletes just getting started, right through to adults competing in ironman. Des prescribes training for triathletes, runners, and anyone else just looking to get fit. Call Des on 0400 172 723 or Like the ‘TRI Running Group’ on Facebook.


Fit 4 Fun – Matty Beckenham and Mel Breen

For the 100m / 200m / 400m sprinters, Olympians Matty Beckenham and Melissa Breen offer training and coaching advice for those looking to take their sprinting career to the next level. The Elite squad is coached by Matt, and includes Lauren Boden and Brendan Cole, while Mel is coaching the juniors. Contact them at

Steve Dodt - FAST Running

Catering for beginner to elite level sprinters of all ages, Steve Dodt's FAST Running squad has been based at the AIS since 1995. Experience in nurturing talent and helping athletes reach their potential.

Email at OR visit the website -


Des Proctor - TRI Running

Fast growing group for young triathletes just getting started, right through to adults competing in ironman. Des prescribes training for triathletes, runners, and anyone else just looking to get fit. Call Des on 0400 172 723 or Like the ‘TRI Running Group’ on Facebook. 

Megan Hall - Tri 3 Coaching 

T3C is led by coach Meg who draws upon her elite competition, family, work, and university experiences to develop individualised programs which accommodate triathlon goals around life’s other commitments. Meg’s interpersonal dynamic promotes strong coach-to-athlete, and coach-to-squad bonds through core values of acceptance, accountability, empowerment, and greatness. Meg is a passionate advocate for the sport of triathlon, and for her role as T3C coach assisting all athlete’s to reach their individual goals.

James Thorp & Grace Hoitink -  JT Multisport

Being a JTM athlete means more than working with a highly qualified coach. It means joining the JTM family. As a JTM athlete you will work one on one with your coach to establish a weekly structure and race schedule that fits around your life. Your fortnightly training is written in a way that is simple to follow right down to how long and how hard you should be training. Our coaches work with our athletes to keep them on track and make sure race day is a celebration of the hard work that has been put in.

Running Technique

Looking to improve your running technique? Read ‘Born to Run’ but confused and unsure about what to do?

Pete Garbutt and the team at Enhance Running provide helpful advice, on making gradual, manageable improvements to the way you run. Attend one of their workshops in Lennox Gardens, Yarralumla or contact them at

Running 4 Happiness Project (Sean Hanrahan)

Based in Belconnen, Sean is a recreational running coach (level 1 & 2) and a certified personal trainer. He offers strength and conditioning programs tailored for runners utilising a fully functional gym from his home. Without the cost of gym membership Sean is capable of offering a premium price for his services. Most importantly he is a personal trainer who loves running and would thoroughly enjoy supporting you on your running journey.

Training Groups

New to running? Attempting your first half marathon? Here’s some training groups options to help you along:

Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday Training Group (TTS) – part of the Canberra Runners Club

This group caters for social runners ranging from 4min/km to 7.30min/km. It meets at Lennox Gardens, Flynn Drive (near the toilet block) at 0630 on Tuesdays and Thursdays and at various venues around Canberra at 0700 on Saturdays (hence the name!). Midweek runs are about an hour while Saturday runs are generally longer with a coffee or breakfast afterwards at a local cafe. All runners must be members of the Canberra Runners Club and the atmosphere is very social. This group is great as runners with varying fitness levels and speed are present, and runs occur all year.

A program for the Saturday runs is produced quarterly and is available from

Half Marathon Training Group – part of the Canberra Runners Club

This training program runs from the end of February leading up to the Canberra Runners Club half marathon in May. This program is ideal for runners who are running 8 kms (or more) at least 3 times a week comfortably and are looking for more of a challenge. Runs on Tuesday and Thursday are from Lennox gardens at 0630 for about an hour. Saturday morning runs are generally around the lake and build up in duration to two hours. This program is not only for first timers to the half marathon distance but also caters for more experienced runners who may be aiming for a PB or the social runner looking for some training partners. More information will be available closer to the commencement of the program.

Training Group – part of the Canberra Runners Club

This training program is ideal for runners wanting to complete the 10 km Canberra race in September and / or the Goorooyaroo Half Marathon in mid-September.  Jo and George give great support and encouragement for all participants of different ages and abilities.

As well as having a group of enthusiastic runners to join, this training group also features information sessions from The Runners Shop , The Walking Clinic and Kingston Physio.  


Elevate Running and Fitness

Canberra-based coached running groups available for all levels of runners, with a focus on improving running technique and strength, and developing a passion for trail and mountain running.

Pioneer Training

Pioneer Training is proud of its reputation for providing real training for real people through programs such as boot camps, boxing for fitness, group fitness, adventures and individualised personal training taking people safely out of their comfort zone and onto the next level.
The owner, Kristy Janszen leads up the training team for all services offered so you are dealing directly with the best. The team is fully qualified and insured.


We the speedygeese are a diverse, inclusive Canberra running group who take flight at Parliament House on Mondays and on Thursdays, just come along at 12 noon either day and join in. We also meet to conquer various ACT trails on Sundays, check the "Events" listings here for the latest meeting place and time. All are welcome to join in, it's all free of charge.

Races and Events

Canberra offers a unique opportunity to race multiple times a week without hours spent travelling or hefty entry costs. The options are explored below:

The Canberra Runners Club

The Canberra Runners Club has long been the heartbeat of running in Canberra. For a small fee, join the club and gain access to weekly races all year round. Tuesday night races during Spring (October-November) and Summer (February-March) are highly popular, while Saturday morning races in Autumn will be held at Stromlo Forest Park. One of the feature races for the year, is the picturesque Rex Foulkes Half Marathon (also the traditional ACT Half Marathon), which happens in May each year and almost always in superb conditions. The Canberra Runners Club also organises the Womens Jogalong (see Running for Women) as well as numerous training programs throughout the year.


Parkrun is a free weekly 5km happening every Saturday morning at 8am, it is an ideal hit out for novice runners to through to elites. There are numerous locations to choose from in Canberra; Ginninderra parkrun held around Lake Ginninderra, Belconnen, Gungahlin parkrun held at Yerrabi Pond, Gungahlin, Tuggeranong parkrun held around Lake Tuggeranong in Canberra’s south, as well as Queanbeyan, Mt Ainslie, Burley Griffen (Weston Park Yarralumla) and Coombs

Orienteering ACT

Canberra has a great history and tradition of Orienteering. For the competitive Orienteer, The Runners Shop Twilight Series takes place every Wednesday evening from October right through to March. For novices, the Monday night Street Orienteering offers the perfect introduction.

Mountain Running ACT

Numerous mountain running events occur regularly in Canberra. On the first Tuesday of each month there is a race up Mount Ainslie, while the third Tuesday of each month is a run up Black Mountain. One of the highlights on the mountain running calendar in Canberra is the Bush Capital Marathon festival held in late July each year. Events range from a 2km children’s run up to the full 63.3km ultra and relay. 

Australian Running Festival

The biggest running event held in Canberra happens in April, taking in the picturesque sights around Lake Burley Griffin in central Canberra. Events range from 5km and 10km fun runs up to the half, full and ultra-marathons.

Weston Creek Half and Fun Run

The Weston Creek Athletic Club runs a half marathon in March each year. Full details can be found on the Weston Creek Athletics Club website.

Fun runs

In addition to the wonderful variety mention above, there are of course several corporate fun runs held throughout the year. The calendar on CoolRunning Australia can be a great source of information regarding whats available in the ACT and interstate.

Running for Women

Females In Training (FIT)

FIT is a woman’s only training group who cater for all levels of fitness and offer a variety of programs. Whether your goal is to complete your first triathlon or improve your running technique FIT will have a program for you. Offering both coached and un-coached sessions around Lake Burley Griffin or on the north side of Canberra you will find a training partner (or ten) to help you reach your goals regardless of how competitive you are. FIT is very social and welcoming of all ages. All Saturday runs have the option of a breakfast in a nearby café afterwards, ensuring you can finish your chat.

Womens Jogalong

The Canberra Runners Club offers a women’s jog-along on the first Sunday of the month. This is a handicapped event and a perfect opportunity to push yourself to improve your speed. With prizes awarded for consistency and improvements, the Jogalong has a great social and community atmosphere.

She Who Runs (Kate McConchie)

I'm a local Canberra runner juggling life, motherhood, work and study with running. I love to get out in Canberra for a run, it really clears my head! I am a qualified run coach and am excited to share my experiences and build a sense of community.