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Event Date: Sunday 14 May 2017


Event details

Thank you to everyone who took part in the 20th anniversary Mother’s Day Classic in 2017.

Information about the 2018 event will become available soon.


The Course

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Walkers and runners will be using the same course from Wendouree Drive near Rond Terrace and will run or walk around the Central Basin of Lake Burley Griffin starting to the east and heading towards Kings Bridge. The 5km run/walk completes one lap of the course while the 10km runners will complete two laps of the course.

Start Line - The start line will be located on Rond Terrace, Commonwealth Park, and the course will follow the footpath along the scenic Lake Burley Griffin. All participants will be directed to the start line following their warm-up aerobics.

Finish Line - Will be positioned adjacent to Lake Burley Griffen in Rond Terrace.

Canberra Course Map

*Please note course subject to change


Being involved and completing the Mother’s Day Classic is a challenging and rewarding experience which is further enhanced with a little preparation - for both the walking and running events. Our community training partner, parkrun, provide the perfect opportunity to get some kilometres in your legs before the big day. They organise free, weekly, 5km times all over Australia. You find one near you here.


Results from the 2017 event are available here. Remember, only runners are timed.

Event day

Assembly area

The assembly area is located at Rond Terrace, Commonwealth Park at the bottom of Anzac Parade.


Park at Anzac Park East, Canberra Institute of Technology or the other car parks along Constitution Avenue. Where parking fees do apply, they can be paid using the Parkmobile app, credit cards or coins.

To access the Assembly Area, only use the Wendouree Way underpass or the underpass near the CIT car park. It is NOT safe to cross Parkes way.

Please note there will be parking inspectors present throughout the event. Do NOT park on the median strip on Parks Way, as this is a no-parking area. 


A drop-off zone will be located in the car park directly in front of Rond Terrace, Commonwealth Park. Drivers will be permitted to drop participants off and then seek parking elsewhere. Limited disabled parking is available within the drop-off zone.

Access and parking map

Information marquees

There is an information marquee located at the assembly area. If you have any queries please go to the information marquee.

Tribute wall

Tribute cards can be attached to your top in support or memory of a loved one touched by breast cancer. Tribute cards can be downloaded from the website, requested via the registration process or collected on day from the information marquee. A special Tribute Wall will be located at the assembly area. Participants can choose to pin their tribute cards to the wall after their run or walk.

Cloak Room (bag drop)

A cloak room marquee will be located in the assembly area for storage of your clothing or bags during the run/walk. Bikes cannot be placed in the cloak room.

Please use the tear off strip from your race number to attach to your backpack or clothing bag.

Please do not place valuables in the cloak room as we cannot accept responsibility for valuables lost or stolen.

First aid

A first aid station will be located at the finish line. If you require medical assistance while out on the course, please notify the nearest course marshal and they will contact the appropriate personnel to assist you.

Water stations

Water is provided at 3 drink stations: two on the course and one at the finish line.


Toilets will be located at the assembly area.

Baby change

There will be a baby change and feed marquee in the main assembly area.

Meeting places

Be sure you arrange a clear meeting place for your family or team. We recommend meeting in the assembly area. The start line will be very crowded and a difficult meeting place.


For the first time ever we will have on course pacers! Whether you are walking or running you can challenge yourself to a personal best. Just look for the tutu wearing volunteer pacer with a balloon with your goal time and join them for the course to achieve your fitness goals.


The Mother’s Day Classic includes lots of extra activities for kids and adults. These include warm-up aerobics, roving performers, a food court, free massages, entertainment plus a kid’s activity area with face painting and a jumping castle.

A number of delegates, celebrities and sponsors will be giving brief talks on the main stage. The main stage will also be used for the memorial minute of silence, warm-up aerobics and award presentations.

There will be coffee carts and food stalls including a sausage sizzle.

Prizes and trophies

All participants receive a 2017 medallion.

Age category medals

Mailed after the event for the winners of the 5km and 10km running events in each age category. Age categories - U15, U18, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+.


  • Trophy awarded to first female in the 5 km run 
  • Trophy awarded to first male in the 5 km run 
  • Trophy awarded to first female in the 10km run 
  • Trophy awarded to first male in the 10km run sponsored by Insight Investment Australia Pty Ltd 
  • Trophy for the largest school team sponsored by NGS Super
  • Trophy for the largest 'Community and Sporting Groups
  • Trophy for the largest 'Gym/ Fitness/ Wellbeing' team 
  • Trophy for the largest 'Family and Friends' team 
  • Trophy for the largest Higher Education team sponsored by UniSuper 
  • Trophy for the largest Company/ Department/ Agency team 

Runner's please note: Your results will be produced by net time. The timing tag attached to your race bib will record your official time from when you cross the start line until you cross the finish line. However, trophies will be awarded to the first three males and females in each event based on gun time. So, if you feel you have a chance of placing, please run in the first wave of your chosen distance.


  • Prize awarded to best dressed on the day!  




Please also check out the FAQ page on the website which answers some commonly asked questions about the event.


Have a question? For more event information contact: call 1300 762 241 / 03 9285 0600 or email

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