The Y Canberra Runner’s Club is the Capital’s largest running club and offers events and training groups for runners of all ages and abilities.

The club hosts over 90 races during the year ranging from 1.6km to half marathons. Our headline events each year include: the Thredbo Fun and Fitness Week in January; the YMCA Canberra Half Marathon; and the YMCA Canberra Capital to Coast.

Our Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday Groups meet throughout the year, with newcomers welcome. The Runner’s Club will help you train for all of our headline events and help keep you motivated.

The Y Canberra Runner’s Club is a dedicated Committee and the events we host are made possible by members volunteering.

Training & Groups
Half Marathon
Capital to Coast
Thredbo Fun & Fitness Week
Fees & Membership
Results & Resources


The Club hosts a series of races throughout the year, including major events and smaller club races.

Summer Series – consisting of eight events. Each event has a short distance race of 2km, and a longer distance of approx. 5km. Races are on Tuesday evenings at 6:15pm from January 28 – March 17.

Winter Series – held on a Saturday afternoon with 2km events, 3-5km events, and 6-10km events.

Spring Series – similar to the Summer Series, the spring races have a short and a longer event. Beginning in November.

Please join the Runner’s Club Facebook Page to keep up to date with event details and club information.

Training & Groups

There are a number of training groups to assist members with their goals. These groups are conducted by members who volunteer their time and expertise to facilitate. To participate in training, all runners must be members.

Tuesday Thursday Saturday Training Group

This group caters to social runners of mixed abilities.
They meet at Lennox Gardens, Flynn Drive at 6:30am on a Tuesday and Thursday, and meet at various venues around Canberra at 7am on a Saturday.

Midweek runs are an hour, while Saturday runs are a little longer, followed by breakfast at a local cafe. A detailed program for the Saturday run locations is produced quarterly.

A number of experienced runners attend these groups so it’s a good opportunity to socialise and get advice. Some of these runners also attend events outside of Canberra such as the Melbourne Marathon.

Sunday Runners

A group of Runner’s Club friends who like to run together. New members welcome. Meeting on a Sunday at various locations at 7:30am for a 60minute run with coffee or breakfast afterwards.

Join the Sunday Runners Facebook group to see suggestions and coordination of each week’s run.

Canberra Times Marathon Festival Training Program

This 8-week program is designed for those who want to start running, those who run regularly and want to improve, those who were runners and want to start again, and those who want some running buddies.

Our 2021 program starts on the 14th of February and concludes on the 15th of April. This program will allow you to  develop fitness and running strength in a fun and supportive environment.

Training is on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at Weston Park Yarralumla.

Registration is available at

Half Marathon Training Program

This program is aimed at novices who have not completed this distance before, or people who are coming back to distance running after a break. We suggest you are able to run for 40 minutes before joining the program as the first run we do is 8km.

The program will start on Saturday 27 Feb at 7am at Acton Park, end of Barrine Dr near the Parkes Way overpass and finish with a celebratory recovery run on the Tuesday (25 May) following the big event.  Group training will take place on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings at various venues around Canberra. Members may also like to participate in the YMCA of Canberra Runner’s Club events as part of their training.

Experienced runners with many marathons and half marathons behind them will run with participants at each group session.

Women and Girls’ Jogalong

The Jogalong is held on the first Sunday of every month at Weston Park – all women and girls are welcome.

Entry is free for members, with a single entry fee of $15 for adults and $5 for juniors for non-members.

The Jogalong is all about participation and enjoyment. It is about encouraging getting active by providing physical challenges in a friendly and social environment. A handicap system is used for the event.

From November to April – 8am start
From May to October – 9am start

The Griffins

“Griffins” are runners who have completed 10 or more Canberra Marathons or 50km events. If you complete 20 events you become a “Burley Griffin” and after 30 events you are a “Walter Burley Griffin”.

Griffins receive a singlet and certificate upon their 10th run completion, as well as discounted entry and a personalised bib for future Canberra Marathons.

There is a closed Facebook group for the Griffins.

Half marathon

The YMCA Canberra Half Marathon is on the weekend of 22-23 of May 2021.

Event Details and Fees:

  • Saturday 22nd | 1:30pm | 1.6km Minijog (under 12’s) | $5 or free for members
  • Saturday 22nd | 2:00pm | 5km Fun Run | $15 or free for members
  • Sunday 23rd | 8:00am | Half Marathon | Early Bird: $60 ($40 for members) | Regular: $80 ($60 for members).


The Minijog and the Fun Run will take entries on the day with electronic payment available.

Enter the Half Marathon online here. Early bird entries close at midnight on May 9th, and regular entries close at midnight on May 20th.


All Half Marathon finishers will receive a participation medal. The Fun Run does not offer participation medals or any awards.

Additional to the participation medal for the Half Marathon, the top 5 male and female finishers will receive:

First place: $400
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $100
Fourth and Fifth Place: $50 vouchers to the Runner’s Shop Canberra.

There will also be a barrel draw after the Half Marathon for 5 x $200 Mizuno vouchers.


We are planning to supply Half Marathon pacers for 90 to 150 minutes. We will confirm pacers closer to the event.

Course Map:

The course follows the footpath around the Western Basin of Lake Burley Griffin. The course includes many iconic Canberra sights such as: Lake Burley Griffin, the Governor General’s House, the National Zoo and Aquarium, Black Mountain Tower, and the National Museum.

Click here for the Strava Record of this course


All YMCA Canberra Runner’s Club events are dependent on volunteers. If you are available to help out over the weekend please email us.

Event History:

Since the Canberra Half Marathon’s first race in 1970, we have had many athletes compete and take out the race. The list of Race Winners reads like not only a “who’s who” of ACT distance running, but contains some of the best athletes the country has produced. Our previous winners include many who have represented their country.

View all previous winners here

Capital to Coast

Capital to Coast (C2C) is a 100km multistage event held from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon at various locations between Canberra ACT and Huskisson NSW. The event consists of a prologue on Friday, 4 stages on the Saturday and another 4 stages on the Sunday. Stages range from 7 – 16km.

Capital to Coast can be run individually, in pairs, or in teams of 3-4.

The commencement of each stage is organised as a mass start of all runners competing in the stage. Runner and relay team times for the event are calculated as the sum of the elapsed time for each stage of the event. Participants (and support crew) are responsible for transport from the completion of a stage to the start of the next stage. Participants are also responsible for their own accommodation.

Visit the Capital to Coast website for more information

Thredbo Fun & Fitness Week

YMCA Canberra Runner’s Club is keen to continue our support for the Thredbo Fun and Fitness Week and we are aiming to be back for January 2022!

The Thredbo Fun and Fitness Week is a fantastic summer holiday option for families and friends. Held within the Thredbo Alpine Village in Kosciuszko National Park the program of events runs over 8 days with something for everyone.

For a taste of what the week could bring, have a look at the planned 2020 schedule here.

Runner Information:

Experienced Runners – Test yourself at Altitude!
Kosciuszko Classic – 5km to the top of Mt Kosciuszko.
Crackenback Challenge – 2km with a 600m climb.
Fun Runners – A number of different fun runs for running or walking are held throughout the week.
Get into the Mountain Spirit – Mixed relays, sprints, grand slam tennis, golf competition, aquathon and more.

Staying at Thredbo:

Accommodation in Thredbo caters to those who like a little luxury through to those who are happy to pitch their tent. For everything from boutique hotels through to self-catering apartments, studio lofts and the Thredbo Diggings National Park Camping Area visit Snowy Mountains Tourism


Daryl Read

The Thredbo Fun and Fitness Week Facebook page is also a great source of information to stay up to date


There are many ways to get involved in the YMCA of Canberra Runners Club as a Volunteer. All club races and events that we conduct rely on volunteers helping out in roles such as registrations, timekeeping, drinks stations, safety at road crossings and other roles. The races can only run when people volunteer to turn up and help!

The Club’s daily operations are also run by a Committee of Club Volunteers who are elected each year.

The Club has a contract with Fairfax Events to support the Australian Running Festival and the Canberra Times Fun Run, through providing strategic advice and fill a range of roles including lead and sag wagon drivers, lead cyclists and marshals. This is a way in which the club raises funds for its own activities. We also regularly provide pacers for these events.

Volunteering opportunities will be advertised in our newsletter and also posted on this website and on Facebook.

Fees & Membership

The Runner’s Club is open to anyone who wants to run or volunteer on a beginning, experienced, social or competitive level.

Memberships run on an annual basis with prices as follows:

  • $55 Adults
  • $30 Juniors (under 18’s)
  • $85 Family

Free membership is available for those who want to volunteer but not race.

Members receive:

– Free entry to Club events
– Discounted entry to headline events (Thredbo Fun and Fitness Week, YMCA Half Marathon, Capital to Coast)
– Eligibility to join Club training programs
– 10% discount at The Runner’s Shop Canberra
– 15% discount at Kingston Physiotherapy and Canberra Running Clinic.