Centennial Park has become the most popular venue for Sri Chinmoy Sydney Races and for good reason – an ever-changing cross-country course over dirt, grass and gravel takes you alongside pretty ponds, across playing fields and through lush groves of natives. With the occasional horse idling by, it's easy to imagine you're out in the countryside – until you look up at the imposing city skyline, which you can almost touch. Parking anywhere near the Robertson Rd gates. On-the-day registration opens at 6.45 am and closes at 7.55 am, with races starting from 8 am.
Online entry for this race is now closed. On-the-day entries (cash only) will be accepted on Sunday morning from 6.45am.
Canberra Sri Chinmoy Half Marathon
The annual Sri Chinmoy Half Marathon, a fixture on the Canberra running scene for over 15 years, was staged on Sunday 17 July at Telopea Park...This race caused some controversy in its early days because its multi-lap format was considered radical by many runners at the time. Among a running fraternity used to running all manner of scenic routes in and around Canberra's abundance of bushland and parkland reserves, there was a feeling that the format would be boring, for want of scenic contrasts.
However the race of 13 times a one-mile loop in and around the delightful Telopea Park soon established itself in spite of its doubters. Those who took up the challenge remarked on the many advantages such a course offers: the ability to precisely pace oneself through the many stages of the race; the fraternity of being surrounded by virtually the whole field throughout and being able to see precisely where one's fellow-runners and rivals are placed at all times; the frequency of drinks and aid stations; and the constant community of support from well-wishers, organisers and finished runners in attendance.
It has often been remarked that one is not really focused on the scenery while in 'racing mode,' and the proximity of good services and encouragement complement the ever-increasing familiarity of the environment to enhance the racing experience for all concerned.
The race was never intended to 'take over' from the established and popular point-to-point scenic races. However it has established its own niche and following among runners, being used by many in training for the Gold Coast Marathon and/or the Sydney City to Surf as an ideal guage of training progress and fitness.
The 9 am start is realistic in Canberra in mid-Winter. There is a special 'early' start at 8.30 am for walkers and those who anticipate taking longer than 2 hours to complete the event. The friendly atmosphere and hearty post-race breakfast are also drawcards.
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