SMH Half Marathon

Can Too Training Program 2021

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Become A Half Marathoner

... and help us beat cancer!

About this program

This program is for all runners looking to train in a fun, safe, group environment for the Half Marathon distance whilst fundraising for cancer research. On the weekend of 16 May 2021 you will achieve your goal by running 21kms with your Can Too tribe at the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon.

As a registered Australian charity, all our programs fundraise for cancer research — it's an important part of why we do what we do.

This is an ideal event for anyone looking to increase their kms and achieve that Half Marathon distance. Already in a Can Too 10km program? Why not carry that fitness into Half Marathon training?

If you have alternate goal event in mind, you are still encouraged to join this program.

Are you ready to run a half marathon?

If you can run for at least 5km without stopping, you’re well on your way. 

If you're concerned about your ability, please contact us. We'd love to help you set a suitable goal.

Training format

You'll train twice per week under the guidance of a supportive, experienced running coach.

Mid-week interval training typically covers:

  • how to run more efficiently
  • improving core strength
  • proper breathing techniques
  • understanding injury prevention
  • presentations by guest speakers.

Saturday distance runs typically:

  • focus on running form
  • build endurance
  • improve mental focus
  • work on pacing and race strategy.

Fundraising

By raising $1350 you will meet your minimum fundraising commitment and become a Fundraising Star.

If you go above and beyond, you could become a Silver Fundraising Star ($1650) or even a Gold Fundraising Star ($1950)

Session availability

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Location Availability
Eastern Suburbs Open
Kirribilli Open
Inner West Open
Manly Open
Northern Beaches Open

We  SMH Half Marathon

... and you will too!

The inaugural race in 1992 had 3,075 entries and since then the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) Half Marathon has established itself as the first major race in the calendars of running enthusiasts across New South Wales.

The course starts and finishes in Hyde Park and takes you through Pyrmont, Darling Harbour, The Rocks, Circular Quay and the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Navigating the city streets in the heart of Sydney with your Can Too tribe will ensure this is a race you won't forget.

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$618 value for only $229!

$420
Coaching

No extra fees for twice weekly group training.

$98
Venue Fees

No extra fees for entry into training venues.

$60
Merchandise

No extra fees for training & race tops

$40
Online Yoga

No extra fees for follow-at-home videos

$$$
Transformation

What's a life-changing experience worth?

Help fund lifesaving cancer research

... common fundraising questions.

What is Bronze level fundraising?

By raising $1350 you will meet your minimum fundraising commitment and become a Fundraising Star.

If you go above and beyond, you could become a Silver Fundraising Star ($1650) or even a Gold Fundraising Star ($1950)

Do I have to fundraise?

Yes, you have to fundraise in return for your 14 week coached training program. Don’t let that worry you too much, we’ve been doing this since 2005 so we have plenty of resources available to help you achieve your fundraising goal. Plus, you’ll have a Team Captain and Mentor/s to guide you through. The best approach is to have a plan and to start early.

Where does the money go?

When you fundraise for Can Too Foundation, you're fundraising for Australian cancer research and prevention. We focus on investing in early career cancer researchers across all cancer types. Can Too Foundation has not been immune to the current economic downturn but, through the support of our community, has honoured all commitments to fund 11 researchers in 2020 and provided for funding for a further 8 researchers in 2021. As a registered charity, we will always be careful with every single dollar we spend and completely transparent in our reporting.

What if I don't meet my commitment?

Can Too has been teaching people to run and raise funds for cancer research for fifteen years. We know that if you put your mind to it and work hard you CAN TOO help fund Australia's most promising cancer research projects. You have until 30 days after your goal race to meet your commitment, and we continue working with you until options are exhausted.

How long do I have to fundraise?

The good news is that you have until 30 days after your program finishes to meet your commitment to cancer research and prevention. You'll have an active fundraising page from the moment you sign up, so our suggestion is sign up early!

 

Question? Let's chat.

Our staff are regulars in our programs. We all started as beginners, faced the same challenges as you, and are here to share our experiences and advice.

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