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.

2019 Ladders
2019 Events

Round 1 – Jells Park – Cross Country Relay

Date: Saturday 4 May 2019
Entries close: 11:59am Monday 29 April
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 1 June
Entries close: 11:59am Wednesday 29 May, 2019
Location: St Anne’s Winery, Myrniong

St Anne’s Winery in Myrniong returns for XCR’19 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 – Bundoora – Cross Country

Date: Saturday 15 June
Entries close: 11:59am Wednesday 12 June, 2019
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.

U20 athletes who have not entered the Victorian All Schools Cross Country (must be currently attending school to do so), must purchase an individual entry to participate in this event. There are no events for U14, U16 and U18 athletes for XCR’19 Round 3, all junior athletes attending school should enter the Victorian All Schools Cross Country Championships. Bundoora Park is not offered as part of the Junior XCR/Max Package in 2019.

Round 4 – Anglesea Surf Coast Ekiden Relay

Date: Saturday 22 June
Entries close: 11:59am Monday 17 June, 2019
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 5 – Sandown – Road Relays

Date: Saturday 6 July
Entries close: 11:59am Monday 1 July, 2019
Location: Sandown Racecourse

Home to a number of motorsport events, Sandown Racecourse is the second relay event for XCR’19. The testing conditions and wind that blows through Sandown is a test for the greatest of athlete.

Round 6 – Lakeside:10 – Road Race

Date: Sunday 14 July
Entries close: 11:59am Wednesday 10 July, 2019
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 27 July
Entries close: 11:59am Wednesday 24 July, 2019
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 – Cruden Farm – Cross Country

Date: Saturday 10 August
Entries close: 11:59am Wednesday 7 August, 2019
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 has been a great addition to the XCR calendar. The 2019 event is a great opportunity for Clubs to showcase their heritage and history and we encourage Clubs to do so again this year.

Round 9 – Victorian Half Marathon

Date: Sunday 8 September
Entries close: 11:59am Wednesday 4 September, 2019
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 21 September
Entries close: 11:59am Monday 16 September, 2019
Location: The Tan Track, Melbourne Botanical Gardens

XCR’19 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.

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

Trail Races
Victorian Trail Running Championships

What: Victorian Trail Running Championships

Date: Sunday 29 September, 2019

Entries Close: 11:59am Wednesday 25 September, 2019

Location: Lysterfield Lake, Lysterfield

The Victorian 16km Championships is the longest continuously held running endurance event in Australia and only 2nd to Stawell Gift in history. The expansive trail network of Lysterfield Park Lake in Melbourne’s Eastern Suburbs will for the 2nd year host the event with 16km, 8.5km and 6km distances.