The competition plans for Australia’s best runners may today become a little clearer, with Athletics Australia confirming the dates and locations of a series of road running championships for 2015.
Set to launch with the 2015 Australian Road Running Championships on Saturday 2 May, the calendar also confirms Sunday 20 September and Sunday 11 October as the dates of the 2015 Australian Marathon Championships and the 2015 Australian Half Marathon Championships respectively.
Battled out over ten kilometres, the 2015 Australian Road Running Championships will return to the program for the Sydney:10 after their successful staging of the event this year.
Fast becoming one of the most reputable middle distance road races in the calendar and to be held in the surrounds of Sydey Olympic Park, the Sydney:10 is hosted by Athletics NSW and their Chief Executive Greg Meagher is thrilled to once again welcome fast-paced athletes from across the country.
“We are pleased to welcome championship athletes from across Australia back for the 2XU Sydney:10. After a successful championship race in 2014, the 2015 event provides Athletics NSW and our sponsor 2XU an opportunity to further build on the existing reputation of the event to make it a road race of significance on the Australian running calendar,” Meagher said.
The next milestone will be the Australian Marathon Championships, with the nation’s best marathon runners to battle it out with invited elite runners from across the globe as part of the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival on Sunday 20 September.
“Were excited that the Blackmores Sydney Marathon has been awarded the Australian Marathon Championships in 2015. The race has recently been awarded the IAAF Marathon Silver Label and in 2015 we expect to be recognised as an IAAF Marathon Gold Label event, thus providing Australian marathon runners the opportunity of competing against some of the best marathon runners in the world,” Wayne Larden, the event organiser, said.
“The Blackmores Sydney Marathon is recognised as one of the most spectacular courses in the world and the fact that Sydney is the only marathon in Australia to be broadcast live in Australia, Japan, New Zealand and over 20 countries throughout Asia will provide a massive boost to the sport and the Australian Championship both here and abroad.”
Less than a month later, the Medibank Melbourne Marathon will play host to the Australian Half Marathon Championships. Pitting state-versus-state in a race for national supremacy, the race will culminate on the hallowed turf of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
“Having successfully held the Australian Marathon Championships for a number of years, it is great news that the Medibank Melbourne Festival in 2015 will be the home of the Australian Half Marathon Championships,” Greg Hooton, the Race Director, said.
“We look forward to having the Australian elite half marathoners come and experience the fast, flat and scenic course around the streets of Melbourne.”
Australian Road Running Championship
Event: 2XU Sydney:10
Date: Saturday 2nd May 2015
Venue: Sydney Olympic Park Precinct, NSW
Australian Marathon Championship
Event: Blackmores Sydney Running Festival
Date: Sunday 20th September 2015
Venue: Sydney, NSW
Australian Half Marathon Championship
Event: Medibank Melbourne Marathon
Date: Sunday 11th October 2015
Venue: Melbourne, Vic
Athletics Australia can also confirm the dates and locations of the Australian 50km Road Championship and the Australian 100km Road Championships, as well as the Australian Mountain Running Championships.
To be hosted by the Australian Ultra Runners Association, the 50km event will be held in Canberra (ACT) on Sunday 12 April, before the Gold Coast (Qld) welcome 100km starters on Sunday 7 June. The Australian Mountain Running Championships will be coordinated by the Australian Mountain Runners Association and held in Brisbane (Qld) on Sunday 30 May.
Details of the Australian Cross Country Championships will be provided through a joint announcement with School Sport Australia in the coming weeks.