Last year the 25km course was our most popular, attracting over half our participants. Its popularity was no surprise as it’s a challenging but achievable distance and the route takes in the best of our inner city bush trails.
The 25km course starts in Campbell and quickly takes you past the Australian War Memorial and down Anzac Parade, to Lake Burley Griffin and some of our major national institutions. You then pick up a track that runs past Parliament House and over Red Hill – a popular fitness spot for pollies – with its panoramic views over the Parliamentary Triangle. Then you are heading back down to the Lake and past the Governor General’s residence at Yarralumla.
Along the Lake’s edge, the next major attraction is Canberra’s stunning Arboretum on your left, opened in 2013 to celebrate our city’s Centenary. Coming around the Lake you wind your way up the back of Black Mountain – home to Canberra’s iconic Telstra Tower – before you hit a lovely piece of single bush track that winds around and down the face of the mountain. Once you hit the Lake it’s back to the start and a perhaps not-so-brisk march up Anzac Parade.
Brand new to the line-up for 2016 is a point-to-point 50km course that is 100% bush. Challengers will start at the historic village of Hall* before traversing the purpose-built walking and running trail that winds around One Tree Hill (a significant survey point in Canberra’s early days), to the Northern Border Campsite, through to Mulligans Flat, Woodlands Sanctuary, Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve, Mt Majura and Mt Ainslie.
Climbing the magnificent Mt Majura you will get views back to the city centre and maybe pass friends and family enjoying a glass of local Tempranillo at the Mount Majura Vineyard. Don’t be tempted to stop! Wave and keep moving. Soon you will come through the forest and onto Mount Ainslie. You may literally catch your breath at this point because of the stunning panoramic views across Canberra that will be before you! Then you’ll descend to the finish line back near the War Memorial at Campbell High School.
The 50km course is a challenging but highly rewarding one. You will pass through a number of nature reserves where – as long as you finish the course within the 15 hour timeframe – you can stop and admire as many Speckled Warblers, buff-rumped Thornbills and Striated Pardalotes as you can spot!
*Optional bus tickets from Campbell High School to Hall will be available with your registration, so you can leave your car at the finish line.
Our 100km course is definitely for die-hard endurance fans. Last year some did it in under 10 hours while others took closer to 29. We feel the dedication of this group should be rewarded, so have revised the course to allow for more exploring in the Arboretum, take in the new Black Mountain Route, and get familiar with the beautiful bush land between Mt Majura and Mt Ainslie.
This course combines the 25km and 50km routes outlined above. After traversing Black Mountain, challengers then journey north via Bruce Ridge until they reach Hall, where they start the 50km trail.
WHICH CHALLENGE WILL YOU CHOOSE?