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In comparison to running mostly on roads and footpaths around my local suburb, running in the bush feels like a complete indulgence for the senses. The refreshing scents from the native vegetation, coupled with glimpses of native fauna make for a very special experience. Often referred to as "the bush capital" Canberra is a prime location for the Bush Marathon Festival on the weekend of the 6-7 August 2016.
Bush Capital Bush Marathon Festival - 6-7 August 2016
The Festival is a fully off-road running and bushwalking event that showcases two of Canberra's stunning nature reserves surrounding Mt Ainslie and Mt Majura. Whilst all events are "off-road", they take place on well-maintained management trails in the nature reserves, avoiding the peaks and focusing on the undulating trails on the lower slopes. Participants can expect views of spectacular scenery from the higher points of the course, as well as in the valleys.
WHY: The main goal of The Bush Capital Marathon Festival "is to offer a very enjoyable running or walking experience for all participants". The other goal of the Festival is to raise funds to assist the Australian Mountain Running Team.
Australian representatives that travel to the world mountain running championships in Europe will need to self-finance up to $4,000 each year. Funds raised from the Bush Capital Marathon Festival (a voluntary organisation) create subsidies for the Australian mountain running representatives.
FAQs: Where can I park? Parking is only 100 metres away in the large car park of the CSIRO headquarters and can be accessed from Limestone Avenue by following Quick Street and Hayley Streets in Ainslie.
Where does the event start? Saturday and Sunday Start/Finish is located outside Campbell High School gymnasium, on the north side of the school, east of Limestone Avenue, Campbell.
What is the minimum age to event events? Marathon – 18 years Half marathon – 15 years
Where does the course go? 2km, 5km and 10km courses: out and back from Campbell High School heading north on the western side of Mt Ainslie. 16km course: a circuit around Mt Ainslie, along the eastern slopes on the way out, returning along the western slopes. 21.1 km half marathon course: 16km course plus an out and back 4WD trail course on the north western slopes of Mt Majura. Marathon course: Double the half marathon course.