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Kids Dash - Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 8am

The Australian Running Festival, in collaboration with Little Athletics ACT, is excited to introduce the inaugural Kids Dash as part of the weekend program. The race, just shy of 1km, will take place on Sunday April 14, at 8am, starting from King George Terrace, circling around the Old Parliament House car park, onto the pathway along Parks Place and finishing across the iconic Canberra Times Canberra Marathon finish line on West Lawns.

About the Kids Dash:

  • Recognised by AIMS as one of the Children's World Races

  • Open to all ages*

  • Entry into the Kids Dash is $10

  • Little Athletics ACT mentors/ambassadors supporting the Kids Dash

  • 1 minute Start Waves of 50 participants - run where you feel most comfortable!

* The kids Dash is aimed at primary school aged kids. If required, children can be accompanied by a registered adult in the Kids Dash.


The Kids Dash gives kids the opportunity to experience everything an elite race has to offer including:

  • Race Bib

  • Official timing

  • Crossing the official Start and Finish Lines of The Canberra Times Canberra Marathon

  • Finishers medal & certificate

  • Winners Presentations

  • Event village atmosphere

  • A chance to win a “coach for a day” for your school thanks to Little Athletics ACT*

*To be in the draw to win a “coach for a day” for your school, please create or enter a school team when registering for the Kids Dash. The school with the highest number of entrants will be awarded this great prize. See below for instructions on how to create a school team.

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Kids Dash Course Map

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*Course subject to change


Kids Dash Interactive Course Map


How do I enter into the running to win a “coach for the day”?

When you create or enter a school team when registering for the 2019 Australian Running Festival, you will be in the running to win a “coach for the day.”

To create a team, visit our registration form and;

  1. Under the ‘Registration Type’ section, select the option ‘Create Team’, then click ‘continue’.

  2. Enter your desired team name and click ‘Check if available’

  3. Once your team name has been created, click the drop down and select your desired ‘Team Type’.

  4. Fill in the ‘Team Administrator’ (captain) details, and then proceed through the remaining steps and click ‘Continue’ once completed.

  5. If you would like to add yourself or others to the team you have created, click on the applicable buttons to do so. This will then guide you through the process to register yourself/others.

  6. At the ‘Team Summary’ page, under ‘Team Details’ you are provided a quick link that you can share with your friends/family to join your team.

  7. You can make any changes to your registration by clicking the green ‘Edit’ button.

  8. Please Note - at this stage your registration/s are not complete - please scroll down to the ‘Financial Summary’ section and click the green button to ‘Make Payment’. Registrations are only confirmed once payment has been made for participants. (If you would like to edit any items in your cart, please click on the cog symbol drop down and click ‘Edit').

Share your team name, and password if applicable, with your team members so they can select ‘I’m part of a team’ and enter the team you have created when registering.

How enter a team?

If your school has registered a team for the 2019 event, you can join their team when registering, via our registration form, selecting your ‘Registration Type’, and then for ‘Team Options’; select ‘I’m part of a team’, then click ‘Continue’ and enter and search for the team name. Once you have found and selected your team, click ‘Join’ and enter your team password (if applicable), then follow the prompts through the registration process.

If you have already registered and wish to join a team, you can do so via your Dashboard.