YMCA will be providing the pacers in the 10km race and Sydney Striders will be providing the pacers in the half and full marathon events to help runners achieve their goal at the Australian Running Festival. Set yourself a goal and jump on board a pace bus!
Pacers are experienced runners who will aim to maintain an even pace throughout the entire race. Choose a pace that will help you reach your own PB!
The pacers will be completing the race in the below pace times. On the day they will be identified with coloured balloons and pink pacer running bibs.
Choose your Pace
|3 hours||1 hour 20 minutes||40 minutes|
|3 hours 15 minutes||1 hour 25 minutes||50 minutes|
|3 hours 30 minutes||1 hour 30 minutes||55 minutes|
|3 hours 45 minutes||1 hour 40 minutes||60 minutes|
|4 hours||1 hour 50 minutes||65 minutes|
|4 hours 15 minutes||2 hours||70 minutes|
|4 hours 30 minutes||80 minutes|
Pacing time: 10k - 40 min
Some of your PBs? Half marathon – 1:13:28, 5km – 16:20
Running Highlights? Melbourne Marathon 10 October 2010 in 2:33:38
Why do you run? Getting out with the family for a run/cycle and spending time together exploring new off-road trails. Also catching up with friends to train and race.
What is your favourite running moment? When running feels effortless and everything just flows!
What keeps you motivated? Keeping healthy, being organised (make sure your running watch is charged before each run!) and staying focused on goals
Pacing time: 10k - 50 min
Some of your PBs? 18:17 for 5k
38:44 for 10k
87: 58 for half marathon
Running Highlights? Finally breaking the 40 minute barrier for the 10k at the Sydney 10 in 2016. I'd come very close for a few years before that so finally breaking through was pretty sweet.
Why do you run? It's the perfect stress release. I also find running is also the best way to explore new places!
What is your favourite running moment? Completing my first half marathon at the Australian Running Festival in 2016.
What keeps you motivated? My family. I'm the youngest of four boys and we are all keen runners.
Pacing time: 10k - 50 min
Some of your PBs? Goorooyarroo (hilly) Half Marathon in 96 minutes, 5 km in 20:22
Running Highlights? The Triple Tri leg over Majura & Ainslie, 45 km trail run in the Whirinaki Forest (NZ)
Why do you run? I run to keep trim and feel youngish
What is your favourite running moment? A morning run in any Canberra nature park
What keeps you motivated? I like being outside, moving at a reasonable pace, and earning some sweet treats!
Pacing time: 10k - 55 min
Some of your PBs? Half-Marathon - 1:23.17
10km - 37.53min
5km - 18.37min
Running Highlights? I guess the first one that comes to mind is running the Melbourne Marathon (in nice weather). As well as running coaching sessions for people who want to get into running more regularly, and getting to see them improve so quickly.
Why do you run? I really enjoy the feeling of settling into a good rhythm while running, it's exercise and meditation rolled into one, and the satisfaction of seeing yourself improve over time, from the cramps and stitches to personal bests and feeling itchy if you haven't gone running enough in a week.
What is your favourite running moment? Best running moments for me would have to be Easter training camp up in Mt Bulla running up the mountains for some great views, or just seeing a couple of seconds come off my personal bests when running.
What keeps you motivated? The feeling of tired strength that you're left with after going for a hard run or training session, running just makes you feel good when you keep it up.
Pacing time: 10k - 55 min
Some of your PBs? 5 km 19:00, 10 February 2009. Best time in the past year is 21:09.
10 km 38:55, 22 June 2008
Half marathon (road) 87:33, 18 May 2008
Marathon (road) 3:16:09, 13 April 2008
Running Highlights? Six Foot Track race; Kepler Challenge (NZ)
Why do you run? I run for general fitness, and to keep in shape for orienteering and rogaining.
What is your favourite running moment? The finish of the Six Foot Track race at Caves House, because of the scenery.
What keeps you motivated? I aim to be able to beat my age over 10 km (e.g. under 51 minutes at age 51, which I am now), for as long as possible.
Pacing time: 10k - 60 min
Some of your PBs? 10km PB 40.39. 5km PB 20.15
Running Highlights? Too many to count… my wife books me into awesome trail events and I turn up on the day and find out what I’m running… apparently she discusses them with me in advance… Coastal Classic (30km) was a brilliant run. Kowen Forest trail run was brutal (complete with Mount Doom – endless kms of up!) and probably my favourite. Plus anything organised by (Canberra) Australian Mountain Running. My preference is trail running though I started on road races.
What is your favourite running moment? The day I realised I could finally beat my wife (at running)! Not sure it was her favourite running moment, but she got me into it…
What keeps you motivated? Running with friends, nothing like shared pain and coffee catch-up after…
Pacing time: 10k - 65 min
Some of your PBs? 53:10 for 10 kms; 1:57:48 for half marathon; 4:30:26 for marathon.
Why do you run? To keep fit, catch up with friends, meet new friends, and see new places.
What is your favourite running moment? My daughter greeting me at the end of my first marathon in 2014.
What keeps you motivated? Fitness and friends.
Pacing time: 10k - 70 min
Some of your PBs? Canberra Times 10km Fun Run in 1hr 3mins in 2015 and finishing last year’s Canberra marathon in 3Hrs 49mins
Running Highlights? Completing three marathon
Why do you run? To keep fit
What is your favourite running moment? The 2016 Canberra Marathon in under four hours
What keeps you motivated? To maintain my fitness and to continue to enjoy the outdoors