NSW regional distance running championships

In a bold initiative the six major distance running festivals in Central NSW, supported by our major sponsor Optus, have joined forces to form the Optus NSW Regional Distance Running Championships.

Combined, these events are the mecca for distance running in Australia, with $8,000 in prizemoney and $1000 worth of trophies.

Events cover four marathons, six half-marathons and six 10K races in 2018.



24-25th February 2018

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29th April 2018

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19th August 2018

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26th August 2018

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14th October 2018

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3-4th November 2018

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How It Works

You don't need to do anything except enter the Half Marathon in any number of the 6 Running Festivals in 2018. 

To allow the widest possible participation, the championships will be for men and women in age sections 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and over 60.

An open category drawn from all the age categories will allow for an overall mens and womens NSW Regional Distance Running Champion and placegetters.

All finishers in each race will be awarded a point, with the top 9 runners receiving bonus points.


I think this Regional Championship is a tremendous concept. So much of Australia’s talented running stock has come from regional areas - this will showcase a lot of not only country NSW’s but even Australia’s future running talent - hopefully an Olympian or two can be unearthed during this series. Apart from giving up and comers a chance to shine, the recreational runners will have a great opportunity to run PB’s in their own territory.
-- Sean Williams - Olympic Coach

Orange Running Festival saw a record field contest their Half Marathon to kick off the series. With four more events to go, there is plenty of opportunity to gain points in all categories.

Contact Us

Andrew Baulch
Event Director, Carcoar Cup Running Festival / Spokesman, NSW Regional Distance Running Championships.

T: 0412 265 344
E: andrew@carcoarcup.com.au