2016 Events
Round 1 – Cross Country Relay

Date: Saturday 16 April
Entries close: 12pm (midday) Monday 11 April, 2016
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.

Round 2 – Cross Country

Date: Saturday 7 May
Entries close: 12pm (midday) Wednesday 4 May, 2016
Location: Wandin Park

Situated an hour east of the Melbourne’s CBD, Wandin Park will replace Lardner Park as the first of the individual events. The undulating hills and breathtaking backdrop of the Victorian country side will offer value to both participant and spectator.

Round 3 – Cross Country

Date: Saturday 21 May

Entries close: 12pm (midday) Wednesday 18 May, 2016
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 a historic and inspirational venue and will be a great addition to the XCR calendar. In 2016 we want to see clubs embrace the heritage of their clubs history and support the characteristics of this competition.

Round 4 – Road Race

Date: Saturday 4 June
Entries close: 12pm (midday) Wednesday 1 June, 2016
Location: Lake Wendouree, Ballarat

The traditional stomping ground of XCR legend Steve Moneghetti, Lake Wendouree once again provides the backdrop for this fast-paced event, with open completing 15km and juniors 5km 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 5 – Cross Country

Date: Saturday 18 June
Entries close: 12pm (midday) Wednesday 15 June, 2016
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. The open and overage men’s race covers 10km of the gruelling slopes of Bundoora Park, while the women’s race covers 10km. Juniors race over 3km, 4km, 6km or 8km.

Round 6 – Road Relay

Date: Saturday 9 July
Entries close: 12pm (midday) Monday 4 July, 2016
Location: Sandown Racecourse

Teams compete on the fast Sandown course for the honour of the Victorian Road Relay Championship.Two laps of the motor racing circuit make for 6.2km legs for open and overage competitors, whilst the juniors race over one lap of 3.1km.

Round 7 – Road Race

Date: Sunday 17 July
Entries close: 12pm (midday) Wednesday 13 July, 2016
Location: Albert Park

A fast and flat 10km course starting and finishing Lakeside Stadium precinct with what promises to be a spectacular finish. 2 laps out and back from Lakeside Stadium to Junction Oval on Lakeside Drive.

Round 8 – Anglesea Surf Coast Ekiden Relay

Date: Saturday 6 August
Entries close: 12pm (midday) Monday 1 August, 2016
Location: Angelsea 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. The popular Ekiden Relay returns to the XCR calendar in 2015 and will take place on Victoria’s iconic Surf Coast in Angelsea

Round 9 – Victorian Half Marathon

Date: Sunday 4 September
Entries close: 12pm (midday) Wednesday 31 August, 2016
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 17 September
Entries close: 12pm (midday) Monday 12 September, 2016
Location: Kings Domain

The XRC ’16 season culminates with the popular relay event at 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.