Athletics Victoria’s XCR series is a cross country and road racing platform which includes runners of all ages and abilities. The idea/vision behind XCR is to bring Victoria’s most enthusiastic long distance runners together for a competition series which allows athletes of a beginner, intermediate and experienced level to compete at some of the best trail and road courses on offer within Australia.

Becoming affiliated with a club allows for a team experience where long-lasting friendships are formed as well as developing pride in knowing you’re able to accomplish something that many others can’t. XCR isn’t simply about winning or losing but more so the rewarding experience. It’s the perfect stage to build fitness and confidence on – with the ultimate goal of completing the Melbourne Marathon becoming a reality at seasons end.

Athletics Victoria’s XCR series is considered one the most prestige distance competitions in the world. Over the years, it has been the stepping stone for athletes who have gone on to represent Australia at the highest level including the Olympics. Rain, hail or shine, competitors are known to always front up and compete for themselves, their club and for the love of the sport.

With an average last year of 750 competitors, there’s no doubt the electric atmosphere formed by friends, family, team mates and officials is what keeps athletes coming back for more. There simply is no better feeling than crossing the finishing line knowing you’ve given it your all and have had fun (for lack of a better word) completing a breathtakingly beautiful Victorian course.

For someone who has found the passion for running – whether it’s through fun runs, corporate triathlons, charity events, or simply running around the Tan with friends, then XCR is the perfect platform to take that passion to the next step. Regardless of a competitor’s ability, Athletics Victoria encourages everyone to give it a crack. Who knows, you may even be the next Steve Moneghetti…

Don’t let a new experience be a burden tomorrow. Embrace it today.

2018 Events
Round 1 – Jells Park – Cross Country Relay

Date: Saturday 21 April, 2018
Entries close: 11:59am Monday 16 April, 2018
Location: Jells Park North

XCR Racing once again kicks off in the beautiful surrounds of Jells Park in Melbourne’s south east with the Victorian Cross Country Relay Championships. The challenging and undulating 3km course traverses both open grassland and dense pine forest, with open and overage competitors completing two laps per leg and junior competitors one lap per leg.

Please Note: Athletes do not enter themselves into relay competitions. Clubs will enter and pay for team entries and select the athletes for their teams. Any questions regarding team selection should be made directly to your club.

Round 2 – St Anne’s Winery – Cross Country

Date: Saturday 5 May
Entries close: 11:59am Wednesday 2 May, 2018
Location: St Anne’s Winery, Myrniong

St Anne’s Winery in Myrniong will be a new addition to XCR’18 and is the first individual event of the season. Situated an hour west of the CBD, with undulating hills and the chance to enjoy the local produce, St Anne’s Winery will offer value to both participant and spectator.

Round 3 – Cruden Farm – Cross Country

Date: Saturday 26 May
Entries close: 11:59am Wednesday 23 May, 2018
Location: Cruden Farm

Cruden Farm will host the 12km heritage round. The grounds of Cruden Farm offer athletes a tough and testing course with a mixture of different terrains to accompany the beautiful grounds surrounding the farm. Cruden Farm is a historic and inspirational venue and will be a great addition to the XCR calendar. The 2018 event is a great opportunity for Clubs to showcase their heritage and history and we encourage Clubs to do so again this year.

Round 4 – Bundoora – Cross Country

Date: Saturday 16 June
Entries close: 11:59am Wednesday 13 June, 2018
Location: Bundoora Park

Note: Selection Trial for the Australian Cross Country Championships.

This bumper day of cross country racing incorporates the Victorian All Schools Cross Country Championships and also serves as the selection trial for the Australian Cross Country Championships. Both the men and women races cover 10km of the gruelling slopes of Bundoora Park, while juniors race over 3km, 4km, 6km or 8km.

Round 5 – Sandown – Road Relays

Date: Saturday 7 July
Entries close: 11:59am Monday 2 July, 2018
Location: Sandown Racecourse

Home to a number of motorsport events, Sandown Racecourse is the second relay event for XCR’18. The testing conditions and wind that blows through Sandown is a test for the greatest of athlete.

Round 6 – Albert Park – Road Race

Date: Sunday 22 July 2018
Entries close:  Invitational Entries will be available on the day at the administration tent. On the day entries will be $50 and close 30 minutes prior to the event start time.
Location: Albert Park

A fast and flat 10km road race, starting and finishing at the Lakeside Stadium precinct which includes two laps out and back from Lakeside Stadium to Junction Oval on Lakeside Drive. The Albert Park 10km Road Race is the perfect opportunity for athletes to run a fast time or to just enjoy the surrounds of the lake. With some changes to XCR this season the Under 20 women will join the men and run the 10km.

Round 7 – Ballarat – Road Race

Date: Saturday 4 August
Entries close: 11:59am Wednesday 1 August, 2018
Location: Lake Wendouree

The traditional stomping ground of XCR legend Steve Moneghetti, Lake Wendouree once again provides the backdrop for this fast-paced event, with open athletes completing 15km and juniors 6km courses. After the race, stay on and enjoy the best the city and surrounding Goldfields have to offer, including the Eureka Centre, Sovereign Hill, the Gold Museum and the Botanical Gardens.

Round 8 – Anglesea Surf Coast Ekiden Relay

Date: Saturday 18 August
Entries close: 11:59am Monday 13 August, 2018
Location: Anglesea Surf Coast


Ever wanted to compete in a marathon but felt you were not quite up to it? Ekiden is a Japanese term which generally refers to a long-distance relay running race, typically conducted on roads. An Ekiden Relay is commonly held over the marathon distance of 42.195km with teams of runners completing legs of varying distances. Even better, you can enjoy the views of the surf coast from the Great Ocean Road course.

Round 9 – Victorian Half Marathon

Date: Saturday 18 August
Entries close: 11:59am Wednesday 29 August, 2018
Location: Burnley

With its low gradient course along the banks of the Yarra River, the Burnley Half Marathon has deservedly gained a reputation as one of the fastest half marathons in Australia. With that in mind, the race is the perfect opportunity to shoot for a personal best or tune up for the Melbourne Marathon.

Round 10 – Tan Relays

Date: Saturday 15 September
Entries close: 11:59am Monday 10 September, 2018
Location: The Tan Track, Melbourne Botanical Gardens

XCR’18 returns to Melbourne’s spiritual home of running, the Tan track in the heart of the city’s sporting precinct. With a host of local and international distance-running stars having made their mark on the hallowed course, this is your chance to test yourself both against the greats and against the clock. All competitors complete one lap of the 3.8km circuit, which winds its way around the iconic Botanical Gardens and Kings Domain.