Bush Capital Bush Marathon Festival 2016

Bush Capital Bush Marathon Festival 2016


Posted 2016-07-08 by Courtney Symesfollow

Sat 06 Aug 2016 - Sun 07 Aug 2016

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.

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.

**The festival will take place at Mt Ainslie and Mt Majura Nature reserves, near Campbell High School, Canberra (approximately 1km from the city centre)

**The Marathon Festival consists of the following events:

**Saturday 6 August 2016
**9.00am: 16km bush run and 16km bush walk
11.00am: 10km run and walk
11.10am: Under 13 years 2km children's run
11.40am: 5km run & walk

**Sunday 7 August 2016
**8.00am: 42.2km bush marathon run; half marathon walk
9.00am: 21.1km bush half marathon run

**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.

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.

**Where are the drink stations?
**Drink stations are located at the 5.3km and 11 km points on the 16 km course, and at the turnaround point on the 10 km course.

Four drink stations on the half marathon course: At the start/finish, 5km, 11km/16km.

Drink stations will supply water, Gatorade, various lollies and cookies.

Participants in all events will receive a souvenir Bush Capital Bush Marathon Festival coffee mugs or medallions.

Enter before midnight 25 July for a slight discount on the price of all events. 'Late' entries after 25 July will be slightly more expensive. Entry on the day is also accepted.

**Toilets and change rooms:
**Male and female toilets are located at ground floor level in the Campbell high gymnasium, just near the start/finish.

Further information can be found at www.mountainrunning.coolrunning.com.au

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