The Stromlo Running Festival is an annual off road event held this year on 20 November in Stromlo Forest Park in Canberra, and offers 50K, 30K, and 10K courses on the once bushfire affected Mt Stromlo. It attracts runners from all over Australia, especially with the longer two courses being qualifiers for the 6 Foot Track Marathon.
The 10km course, in which I entered, goes around the lower slopes of Stromlo, providing some beautiful Canberrean scenery with some undulations that are perfectly runnable for those of all levels; with the final 2K a downhill dash to the finishers’ breakfast!
One of the biggest highlight of the event was the live commentary by legendary marathoner Robert de Castella – “Deeks”, who designed the course. Throughout the day he tirelessly provided runners encouragement, including my favourite “Hills are good for health!” while we all moaned at the mere thought of them. Deeks is also a strong supporter of the Indigenous Marathon Project where proceeds of this event go.
A challenging course, a lovely community feel, for a good cause.
I will be back in 2017.