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The Canberra Times Australian Running Festival offers fun for the whole family

Publish Date: 9/2/2017

April 8-9 marks the weekend that The Canberra Times Australian Running Festival heads to town.

Drawing Australians from all over the country, the running festival is a great way to fundraise for the Leukaemia Foundation and there is still time for you to start training and register to take part.

Celebrating 40 years last year, The Canberra Times Canberra Marathon is Australia’s most historic run. With various options ranging from the 5km run and 10km run to the half marathon, marathon and ultra marathon, you can get involved regardless of your running experience.

Chris Hitchen from Orange, NSW, took part in the marathon last year, raising nearly $5,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation.

“I ran the marathon to support very close friends of ours, whose son was diagnosed with leukaemia at age two. He’s three and doing much better now,” said Chris. “What the Foundation did for our friends - I couldn’t pinpoint one thing – it’s the overall support the Foundation gave that really made a difference.”

If you’re not a devoted runner don’t fret, the Canberra Times Australian Running Festival weekend is set to be a fun family friendly event.

Offering encouragement to all Chris says, “Just enjoy it. It doesn’t matter about the time or about anything else, just enjoy it, the crowds and the spectators and take it all in. The 5km and 10km are great runs and the half marathon is really good if you can train a bit, the spectators that line the route make all the difference and it is a nice flat and fast course.”

For more information or to express your interest in The Canberra Times Australian Running Festival, please contact Marianne on 0403 186 632 or 0403 186 632.

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