Australian Mountain Running Championships update

Australian Mountain Running Championships
Mt Stromlo ACT 
Sunday 2 June 2013 

Late entries

Please enter online up to 6pm on Saturday 1 June. Late entries will be accepted on race day at 8am and up to 30 minutes prior to the start time of each race, but please do not do this instead of entering online beforehand as the post race data entry of late entries takes time and delays production and publication of the results. Enter online at

Race information for entrants, volunteers and spectators

Please download the race information, including the course map, at

See who has already entered at

Race day program

8am Race check in and registration opens

8.45am Australian Junior Women’s 4 km & Veteran Women’s W60 and over 4 kms

8.50am Australian Open Women’s and W35 to W55 8 kms

9.20am Australian junior men’s 8 kms

9.45am Australian open men’s and M40 to M50 12 km; Australian M55 to M70 8kms; Australian M75 and over 4kms

The presentation of awards will take place at 11.10am or shortly afterwards.

Getting there and Parking

The start-finish is on the summit of Mt Stromlo (NOT at Stromlo Forest Park). Take the Cotter Road from South Canberra and turn off onto Mt Stromlo Road. See Nearing the summit of the mountain, do not turn left to the Observatories and Scope Cafe but follow the sign straight ahead and park on the large grassed area on the left after 300m. See the location map for the nearby Scope Cafe at

Pre-race check in

All competitors must check in and receive their race numbers at least 30 minutes before the start time of their races. All competitors must report to the official at their start line at least 5 minutes before the start of their races for a compulsory pre-start briefing.

Race refreshment station

Water and sports drink will be available at the end of each 4 km lap for 8km and 12 km competitors.

Pre-race course viewing

The course has been marked with pink tapes for several weeks to assist runners doing familiarisation runs. It is planned to fully sign post the course (apart from the start finish) on either Friday afternoon or Saturday morning (depending on the weather).

Course hazards and recommended footwear

The course is on 4WD fire trails and includes some sections of quite steep downhill and uphill, some of which have surfaces that may be loose or slippery under foot. Recommended shoes are lightweight trail running shoes with very good grip such as Inov8’s. The course is criss-crossed in some places with mountain bike trails. Take care on these sections in case a mountain bike unexpectedly crosses the fire trail. There will be marshals on the course at the main mountain bike crossing points.

Weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday: rain, cold, come prepared


SATURDAY: Cloudy. Patchy rain. Winds northwesterly and light increasing to 15 to 20 km/h during the day then becoming light during the afternoon. Temperature range 7 to 14 degrees.

SUNDAY: Partly cloudy. Isolated showers in the morning. Winds south to southeasterly and light. Temperature range 7 to 15 degrees.

Socialising afterwards

Visit Mt Stromlo Scope Cafe.

Australian team selection and application form

Information on Australian team selection for the World Mountain Running Championships in Poland on 8 September can be found in the High Performance section of the website Those interested in applying for Australian team selection should download the Australian team application form, complete it and bring it with them and hand it in at registration on Sunday.

Race T shirts

A limited number of Coolmax race T shirts will be on sale for $32 on Sunday at registration. Get in early if you want to purchase one (only cash or cheque accepted).


Additional helpers are needed as course marshalls at points where mountain bike trails cross the course. A race T shirt or bottle of wine will be provided to each helper. Please complete the Volunteer Form on this website at

John Harding
Australian Mountain Running Association