Kowen Winter Trails

Choose between a marathon, half marathon or a 12 km course and run through native forest and on groomed forestry trails with spectacular views of Canberra and surrounds. Over 400 metres of elevation gain on the 12km, 600 metres in the half marathon and 1400 metres over the marathon course.

The Kowen Winter Trails marathon is an official qualifier for Six Foot Track.

The Course

Starting and finishing at the Wamboin Community Hall, runners will head out and back along Bingley Way (sealed bitumen) for 1.3 km before entering Kowen Forest.
The marathon, half marathon and 12 km course run on hilly groomed dirt forestry trails, with some short sections of single track. Marathon runners will enjoy an ascent of the formidable Mt Amungula, while the half marathon course take runners up Mt Doom. 

Mandatory Gear

All participants must carry the following mandatory gear for safety reasons. Everyone will participate in a mandatory gear check on the day, before they can collect their race number:

  • Water Container
  • Mobile Phone (with the race directors number saved)
  • Space Blanket

If an entrant does not have any of these mandatory gear items unfortunately they will not be allowed to start the race for their own safety. It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure they have all the required gear at the event.


Winter Trails 2024

Date: Third Sunday in June

Location: Wamboin Community Hall, 112 Bingley Way, Wamboin, NSW

Entries open March 2024

Entries Close: Midnight Thursday before. Sorry, there are no late entries.


Event Program

6:00am Registration/Gear check opens
6:40am Pre-race briefing – Marathon
7:00am 42.2km marathon start
7:40am Pre-race briefing – Half marathon
8:00am 21.1km half marathon start
8:40am Pre-race briefing – 12km
9:00am 12km trail run starts
11:30am Presentations

Cut off times:

Marathon – 7 hours

Half marathon – 4.5 hours

12km – 4.5 hours


Race Records

 42.2 km marathon  Male – Joseph Hughes 3:18:03 (2019)
 Female – Tilly Fischer 4:02:56 (2021)
 21.1 km half marathon  Male – Mike Carroll 1:22:27 (2022)
 Female – Sarah-Jayne Miller 1:42:53 (2017)
 12 km trail run  Male – Matthew Berrington 0:46:52 (2019)
 Female – Hannah Walmsley 0:54:27 (2017)


Past Race Results