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Canberra Walking Festival: About the Walk
(Event Rules, Awards)

Route past Parliament House

The Canberra Walking Festival incorporates the Canberra Two Day Medal Walk and is a non-competitive challenge walk for all ages. It's not a race but is about fun, fitness, fellowship and personal challenge. Running is not permitted.

The walks take you along Canberra's extensive footpath and recreation path network. Routes pass national buildings and Lake Burley Griffin and go through a number of Canberra's Nature Parks and are different both days. The times allowed means there is time to do some sightseeing or enjoy a coffee along the way while enjoying Canberra's autumn and the company of fellow walkers. The only requirement being to complete the Walk before 4 pm each day.

In 2016 we offered our very first point-to-point walk along Canberra's Centenary Trail, with free bus transportation from the Control Centre to the start of your chosen distance. This is being offered again in 2017. Online registration is required to guarantee your seat on the bus.

2004 walkers on Anzac Parade

Everyone who completes any route on both Saturday and Sunday will receive the Canberra Two Day Walk Medal. Separate medals are also awarded to marathon finishers.
The previous age based qualifying distances no longer apply. This change took effect from the 2010 walk and is not retrospective.

The routes differ each day, but start and finish at the same place (the Control Centre).
The 5-6km walks are designed for the over 75s and under 8s, plus their walking companions. Other walkers should choose the longer distances.

Happy children doing the 10km walk

Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Full instructions for the walk are included with your registration. Please read this carefully.

The Walk will be held irrespective of the weather.

Please read the Conditions of Entry carefully for the full rules governing the event.

Optional International Awards : Please note there is an additional cost for participation in these international award programs. Further information can be obtained through the links provided below and will also be available at the Control Centre on the event days.

IML: The Walk is an accredited event of the IML Walking Association (IML) and its award system. Note: to obtain the IML qualification, at least the nominal 20km route must he completed on both days (or 10km each day for the over 70s); no exemptions are allowed.

IVV: The Walk is also sanctioned by the International Volksport Verband (IVV) and is eligible for credit toward IVV Achievement Awards.

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