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.

2017 Events
Round 1 – Jells Park – Cross Country Relay

Date: Saturday 22 April
Entries close: 12pm (midday) Tuesday 18 April, 2017
Location: Jells Park

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 – Wandin Park – Cross Country

Date: Saturday 13 May
Entries close: 12pm (midday) Wednesday 10 May, 2017
Location: Wandin Park

Wandin Park will yet again be the scene for the first individual event of the 2017 season. Situated an hour out of the CBD, the undulating hills and breathtaking backdrop of the Victorian country side will offer value to both participant and spectator.

 

For athletes to be eligible to compete and score points for their team, they must be registered with Athletics Victoria and approved by their club with one of the following packages purchased no later than 12pm (Midday) Wednesday 10 May:

  • 2017 Max Package (Access to both XCR & Track & Field seasons. **Note: Bundoora is not included for Dual and Junior Members)
  • XCR’17 Package (Access to XCR’17 only. **Note: Bundoora is not included for Dual and Junior members)
  • Individual Event Entry

Athletes who have not purchased one of these packages will not be eligible to compete and score points for their team.

Note: If you have purchased either the XCR’17 Package or the 2017/18 Max Package, you do not need to complete an entry for this event.
Round 3 – Cruden Farm – Cross Country

Date: Saturday 27 May
Entries close: 12pm (midday) Wednesday 24 May, 2017
Location: Cruden Farm

Cruden Farm will host the 8km and 16km 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 an historic and inspirational venue and is therefore the perfect site for the Heritage Round again 2017. Athletes are encouraged to wear old club uniforms and embrace the characteristics of their clubs history.

For athletes to be eligible to compete and score points for their team, they must be registered with Athletics Victoria and approved by their club with one of the following packages purchased no later than 12pm (Midday) Wednesday 24 May:

  • 2017 Max Package (Access to both XCR & Track & Field seasons. **Note: Bundoora is not included for Dual and Junior Members)
  • XCR’17 Package (Access to XCR’17 only. **Note: Bundoora is not included for Dual and Junior members)
  • Individual Event Entry

Athletes who have not purchased one of these packages will not be eligible to compete and score points for their team.

Note: If you have purchased either the XCR’17 Package or the 2017/18 Max Package, you do not need to complete an entry for this event.
Round 4 – Bundoora – Cross Country

Date: Saturday 17 June
Entries close: 12pm (midday) Wednesday 14 June, 2017
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.

 

For athletes to be eligible to compete and score points for their team, they must be registered with Athletics Victoria and approved by their club with one of the following packages purchased no later than 12pm (Midday) Wednesday 14 June:

  • 2017 Max Package (Access to both XCR & Track & Field seasons. **Note: Bundoora is not included for Dual and Junior Members)
  • XCR’17 Package (Access to XCR’17 only. **Note: Bundoora is not included for Dual and Junior members)
  • Individual Event Entry

Athletes who have not purchased one of these packages will not be eligible to compete and score points for their team.

Note: Open age athletes that have purchased either the XCR’17 Package or the 2017/18 Max Package, do not need to complete an entry for this event. Dual & Junior age athletes, please return to the ‘Events’ page and register through the 2017 Victorian All Schools Cross Country Championships event.
Round 5 – Sandown – Road Relays

Date: Saturday 8 July
Entries close: 12pm (midday) Monday 3 July, 2017
Location: Sandown Racecourse

Home to a number of motorsport events, Sandown Racecourse is the second relay event for XCR’17. The testing conditions and wind that blows through Sandown is a test for the greatest of athlete.

For athletes to be eligible to compete and score points for their team, they must be registered with Athletics Victoria and approved by their club with one of the following packages purchased no later than 12pm (Midday) Wednesday 5 July:

  • 2017 Max Package (Access to both XCR & Track & Field seasons)
  • XCR’17 Package (Access to XCR’17 only)
  • XCR’17 Relay Package (Access to XCR Relay events only)

Athletes who have not purchased one of these packages will not be eligible to compete and score points for their team.

Your club is responsible for entering teams, please ensure you notify team managers of your eligibility if you have completed you membership and purchased one of the above packages.
Round 6 – Albert Park – Road Race

Date: Sunday 16 July
Entries close: 12pm (midday) Wednesday 12 July, 2017
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.

*On-the-day entries available – $50.

For athletes to be eligible to compete and score points for their team, they must be registered with Athletics Victoria and approved by their club with one of the following packages purchased no later than 12pm (Midday) Wednesday 12 July:

  • 2017 Max Package (Access to both XCR & Track & Field seasons)
  • XCR’17 Package (Access to XCR’17 only)
  • Individual Event Entry

Athletes who have not purchased one of these packages will not be eligible to compete and score points for their team.

Note: If you have purchased either the XCR’17 Package or the 2017/18 Max Package, you do not need to complete an entry for this event.
Round 7 – Ballarat – Road Race

Date: Saturday 29 July
Entries close: 12pm (midday) Wednesday 26 July, 2017
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.

*On-the-day entries available – $50.

 

For athletes to be eligible to compete and score points for their team, they must be registered with Athletics Victoria and approved by their club with one of the following packages purchased no later than 12pm (Midday) Wednesday 26 July:

  • 2017 Max Package (Access to both XCR & Track & Field seasons)
  • XCR’17 Package (Access to XCR’17 only)
  • Individual Event Entry

Athletes who have not purchased one of these packages will not be eligible to compete and score points for their team.

Note: If you have purchased either the XCR’17 Package or the 2017/18 Max Package, you do not need to complete an entry for this event.
Round 8 – Anglesea Surf Coast Ekiden Relay

Date: Saturday 12 August
Entries close: 12pm (midday) Monday 7 August, 2017
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.

For athletes to be eligible to compete and score points for their team, they must be registered with Athletics Victoria and approved by their club with one of the following packages purchased no later than 12pm (Midday) Wednesday 9 August:

  • 2017 Max Package (Access to both XCR & Track & Field seasons)
  • XCR’17 Package (Access to XCR’17 only)
  • XCR’17 Relay Package (Access to XCR Relay events only)

Athletes who have not purchased one of these packages will not be eligible to compete and score points for their team.

Your club is responsible for entering teams, please ensure you notify team managers of your eligibility if you have completed you membership and purchased one of the above packages.
Round 9 – Victorian Half Marathon

Date: Sunday 10 September (Updated)
Entries close: 12pm (midday) Wednesday 6 September, 2017
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.

*On-the-day entries availabe – $50.

For athletes to be eligible to compete and score points for their team, they must be registered with Athletics Victoria and approved by their club with one of the following packages purchased no later than 12pm (Midday) Wednesday 6 September:

  • 2017 Max Package (Access to both XCR & Track & Field seasons)
  • XCR’17 Package (Access to XCR’17 only)
  • Individual Event Entry

Athletes who have not purchased one of these packages will not be eligible to compete and score points for their team.

Note: If you have purchased either the XCR’17 Package or the 2017/18 Max Package, you do not need to complete an entry for this event.
Round 10 – Princes Park Relays

Date: Saturday 16 September
Entries close: 12pm (midday) Monday 11 September, 2017
Location: Carlton North

One of the most popular locations for elite sports clubs to complete their time trials, the XCR’17 season culminates at a new location, Princes Park. A very flat and fast course, athletes will complete one lap of the 3.2km course each in the hope of bringing the XCR’17 premiership back to their club. There is plenty of room for clubs to set up their tents and we would love to see all clubs embrace the new location for 2017.

All race result queries must be made within 72 hours of the results first being published. All queries must be sent to xcr@athsvic.org.au. Any queries sent in after this time will not be accepted.

For athletes to be eligible to compete and score points for their team, they must be registered with Athletics Victoria and approved by their club with one of the following packages purchased no later than 12pm (Midday) Wednesday 13 September.

  • 2017 Max Package (Access to both XCR & Track & Field seasons. **Note: Bundoora is not included for Dual and Junior Members)
  • XCR’17 Package (Access to XCR’17 only. **Note: Bundoora is not included for Dual and Junior members)
  • XCR’17 Relay Package (Access to XCR Relay events only)

Athletes who have not purchased one of these packages will not be eligible to compete and score points for their team.

Your club is responsible for entering teams, please ensure you notify team managers of your eligibility if you have completed you membership and purchased one of the above packages.