About Capital to Coast

4apital to Coast is a 100km multistage event held from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon at various locations between Canberra and the South Coast of NSW.  The event consists of a prologue on the Friday, four stages on the Saturday and a further four stages on the Sunday.  Stages range between 8km and 15km in length.

History

The event was initially organised by the Nowra Athletics Club in 2012 and staged annually until 2016.  In 2018 ownership of and responsibility for Capital to Coast transferred to the YMCA Canberra Runners Club, which in 2021 became Canberra Runners.

  • 2012 – Nowra Athletics Club (launch year)
  • 2013 – Nowra Athletics Club
  • 2014 – Nowra Athletics Club
  • 2015 – Nowra Athletics Club
  • 2016 – Nowra Athletics Club
  • 2017 – did not happen
  • 2018 – did not happen
  • 2019 – YMCA Canberra Runners Club
  • 2020 – YMCA Canberra Runners Club – Event Cancelled due to COVID19
  • 2021 – Canberra Runners – Event Cancelled due to COVID19
  • 2022 – Canberra Runners – went ahead and was epic 🙂
  • 2023 – Canberra Runners – went ahead and was the best yet!!!!
  • 2024 – Canberra Runners – looking forward to it 🙂

Format

Runners can participate as solo runners, completing all nine stages, or as members of relay teams of up to four runners.  Relay teams can allocate stages between team members at their own discretion. The commencement of each stage is organised as a mass start of all runners competing in the stage.  Runner and relay team times for the event are calculated as the sum of the elapsed time for each stage of the event.  Participants (and support crew) are responsible for transport from the completion of a stage to the start of the next stage.  Participants are also responsible for their own accommodation.

By Runners for Runners!

Capital to Coast is a running event organised by runners for the enjoyment of runners.  The staged nature of the race makes the event accessible to social trail runners competing in relay teams through to experienced ultra marathon runners.  The time between stages, massed starts, and festival atmosphere are all aimed at supporting a strong social dimension to the race.  The choice of stage courses and locations provides runners with an enjoyable and scenic mix of terrains from beach and cross-country trail to path and road.

Capital to Coast is not conducted with a profit motive, entry fees are only to recover the costs of the event, and all of the planning and delivery is powered by volunteers.