2017 Events
Round 1 – Jells Park – Cross Country Relay

Date: Saturday 22 April
Entries close: 12pm (midday) Monday 17 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Round 6 – Albert Park – Road Race

Date: Sunday 16 July
Entries close: 12pm (midday) Monday 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.

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.

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.

Round 9 – Victorian Half Marathon

Date: Sunday 3 September (TBC)
Entries close: 12pm (midday) Wednesday 30 August, 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.

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, in 2017 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.