Canberra Marathon

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Canberra Marathon
Date Mid-April
Location Canberra, Australia
Event type Road
Distance Marathon, Half marathon, 10K run, 5K run, Ultramarathon
Established 1976
Course records Men:
 John Andrews (AUS) 2:15:02
 Sue Hobson (AUS) 2:32:57
Official site Official website

Canberra marathon is an annual 42.195-kilometre (26.219 mi) marathon held the city of Canberra, Australia. The marathon, which was established in 1976, is said to be the oldest city marathon in Australia. It takes place early in April each year and comprises a festival of races: 10 km and 5 km races on a Saturday, and the main marathon as well as an extended or ultra marathon on the following day.[1]

2006 Canberra Marathon Startline

The marathon starts at Telopea Park School in the suburb of Manuka, which is within sight of Parliament House. The route starts with a 10 km lap around the old and new Parliament buildings and other major government buildings. This is followed by a double lap crossing Lake Burley Griffin (over the Kings Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue bridges) and along Parkes Way out towards the Glenloch interchange, which is within close proximity to the Telstra Tower landmark.

The Ultra Marathon allows those who have entered into the race to "go beyond the marathon" and compete in a 50 km event. Once participants have completed the marathon consisting of a 42.195 km route they are then recorded as a marathon finisher and are eligible to complete the 50 km Ultra Marathon.[1]

Runners who complete 10 Canberra marathons are given the honorary title of Griffin, in reference to Lake Burley Griffin, which is at the centre of the marathon and the city of Canberra. The marathon is small in comparison to other big city races with just 866 people completing the 2006 event.

Prizes are awarded for both male and females who place during the marathon: In 2013 the prizes include $2,000 for 1st place; $1,000 for 2nd place; $500 for 3rd place. Prizes are also awarded for the 5 km fun run and 10 km dash including a $500 adidas voucher for 1st placegetters. Winners of the Ultra Marathon who meet the qualifying time of sub 3 hours and 20 minutes for men and 3 hours and 50 minutes for women will be invited to participate in the 2014 IAU 50 km trophy, with the invitation including free accommodations for 5 nights and assistance in travel expenses.[2]

The event was in doubt due to an ongoing dispute between the ACT Cross Country Club who owned the event and Cundy Sport Management who had been running the event on the club's behalf for a number of years.[3] It is now organised by Fairfax / The Canberra Times and is part of the Australian Running Festival.


Key:   Course record

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
1st 1976  John Harding (AUS) 2:36:39
2nd 1977  Chris Wardlaw (AUS) 2:27:42
3rd 1978  Geoffrey Moore (AUS) 2:26:58  Susan Hill (AUS) 2:59:28
4th 1979  John Stanley (AUS) 2:18:45  Mary Murison (AUS) 3:10:00
5th 1980  Chris Pilone (NZL) 2:17:51  Susan Hill (AUS) 2:55:17
6th 1981  Graeme Kennedy (AUS) 2:15:16  Judith Hine (NZL) 2:44:08
7th 1982  Derek Froude (NZL) 2:17:45  Shane Barrett (AUS) 2:45:12
8th 1983  Colin Neave (AUS) 2:16:57  Ngaire Drake (NZL) 2:44:11
9th 1984  Grenville Wood (AUS) 2:15:50  Lisa Martin (AUS) 2:35:05
10th 1985  Colin Neave (AUS) 2:21:27  Iris Cook (AUS) 2:54:45
11th 1986  Graham Macky (NZL) 2:21:21  Rhonda Mallinder (AUS) 2:46:29
12th 1987  Garrick Hand (AUS) 2:19:00  Annette McNeil (AUS) 2:49:43
13th 1988  Gerard Barrett (AUS) 2:15:07  Annette McNeil (AUS) 2:48:18
14th 1989  Gerard Ryan (AUS) 2:26:55  Trudy Fenton (AUS) 2:41:39
15th 1990  Derek Froude (NZL) 2:22:24  Mary Silver (AUS) 2:58:00
16th 1991  Colin Neave (AUS) 2:23:23  Joanne Cowan (AUS) 2:46:18
17th 1992  Gerard Barrett (AUS) 2:19:46  Joanne Cowan (AUS) 2:42:31
18th 1993  Gerard Barrett (AUS) 2:22:20  Joanne Cowan (AUS) 2:42:00
19th 1994  Allan Carman (AUS) 2:19:39  Sue Hobson (AUS) 2:32:57
20th 1995  John Andrews (AUS) 2:15:02  Joanne Cowan (AUS) 2:41:48
21st 1996  Vin McCarthy (AUS) 2:25:39  Birgit Schuckmann (GER) 2:42:43
22nd 1997  Edward Nabunone (INA) 2:23:38  Gabrielle O'Rourke (NZL) 2:42:45
23rd 1998  Paul Wilson (AUS) 2:23:25  Robin Roocke (AUS) 2:51:05
24th 1999  Raymond Boyd (AUS) 2:18:01  Melissa Bulloch (AUS) 2:47:30
2000 Not held
25th 2001  Gemechu Woyecha (QAT) 2:16:23  Susan Michelsson (AUS) 2:41:59
26th 2002  Gemechu Woyecha (QAT) 2:20:20  Elizabeth Miller (AUS) 2:49:09
27th 2003  Gemechu Woyecha (AUS) 2:22:35  Nyla Carroll (NZL) 2:38:56
28th 2004  Martin Dent (AUS) 2:15:12  Shireen Crumpton (NZL) 2:43:21
29th 2005  Magnus Michelsson (AUS) 2:21:01  Belinda Schipp (AUS) 2:43:52
30th 2006  Barry Keem (AUS) 2:24:10  Shireen Crumpton (NZL) 2:42:55
31st 2007  Magnus Michelsson (AUS) 2:20:55  Magdaliní Karímali (GRE) 2:43:40
32nd 2008  Mark Tucker (AUS) 2:24:13  Jackie Fairweather (AUS) 2:46:01
33rd 2009  David Criniti (AUS) 2:26:09  Magdaliní Karímali (GRE) 2:43:19
2010 Not held
34th 2011  Rowan Walker (AUS) 2:24:14  Magdaliní Karímali (GRE) 2:50:49
35th 2012  Anthony Farrugia (AUS) 2:28:23  Magdaliní Karímali (GRE) 2:47:45
36th 2013  Rowan Walker (AUS) 2:24:23  Magdaliní Karímali (GRE) 2:52:46
37th 2014  Samuel Woldeamanuel (ETH) 2:21:38  Kirsten Molloy (AUS) 2:49:57
38th 2015  Rowan Walker (AUS) 2:26:27  Fleur Flanery (AUS) 2:53:54
39th 2016  Rowan Walker (AUS) 2:28:43  Ruth Wilson (AUS) 2:46:55
40th 2017  Matthew Cox (AUS) 2:21:38  Leah Fitzgerald (AUS) 2:58:41
41st 2018  Dion Finocchiaro (AUS) 2:25:38  Kirsten Molloy (AUS) 3:00:57


  1. ^ a b "Ultra Marathon". Archived from the original on April 19, 2013. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ "FAQs". Archived from the original on April 19, 2013. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Marathon battle to go the distance". Archived from the original on February 2, 2010. Retrieved December 13, 2009. 

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