CanToo Training Program 2024

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Run The City2Surf

... and help us smash the barriers to a longer, healthier life for yourself and for people with cancer.

About this program

Train with us for 12 weeks to run the iconic City2Surf.

Determined to conquer Heartbreak Hill? Join our professionally coached training group and make it to the finish in great shape to enjoy the epic celebrations!

Our groups are for anyone looking to train in a fun, safe, environment and make lifelong friends.

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced runner, let us help you to achieve your goals. This is an ideal event for anyone looking to stretch themselves and tackle that 14km distance.

Race entry is payable separately through the City2Surf website.


Training format

This is a comprehensive program with two face-to-face coached group sessions per week plus a daily guide covering the 12 week training period. All group sessions are led by 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.



Make this the year you run strong for those who can't.

By raising $695 you will meet your fundraising commitment and become a Fundraising Star.

Session availability

Location Availability
Eastern Suburbs Register Now



Training Information

Wednesdays Saturdays

6.30pm - 8.00pm

ES Marks Athletics Track,


7.00am start

Federation Pavilion Grand Dve,

Centennial Park

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We  City2Surf

... and you will too!

What to expect on race day

We bring all our groups together for a pre-race briefing, warm up with a coach, toilet stop, and head off to the start line together.

Hundreds of runners and spectators will cheer “Go CanToo!” to others in orange. It’s going to be a huge boost in tough times.

As you’re cheered down the home straight to the finish line, smiling for the cameras, you’re going to feel like an Olympian. And you’re going to deserve it.

Within seconds of finishing, it’ll get emotional, probably lots of hugs, as your family and friends celebrate with you. 

Remember: you will be a City2Surf Runner! Your achievements are going to inspire others to get involved and give those facing by cancer a better chance to beat it.

Step out of the crowd and be a part of something bigger than running.

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$618 value for only $249!


No extra fees for twice weekly group training

Venue Fees

No extra fees for entry into training venues


No extra fees for training hat & race top

Online Yoga

No extra fees for follow-at-home videos


What's a life-changing experience worth?

We Care About You

First-Timer Guarantee

If this is your first CanToo registration, and you attend four of the first six sessions but don't enjoy it and ask to withdraw, we'll refund 100% of your registration fee. No questions asked.

Simple Refunds Policy

You'll get a 100% refund on your registration if cancelling 2+ weeks before training starts. You'll get 50% refunded if cancelling the week before training. After that, we're committed.

Generous Refer-A-Friend

For every first-time CanToo-er who puts your name down when they sign up, we'll reward you with 25% OFF your fundraising. Some conditions apply.

Help fund lifesaving cancer research

... common fundraising questions.

Is fundraising complusory?

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Absolutely. Our vision is transforming lives – through improving health and wellbeing of the community and supporting the research, prevention and control of cancer.

To deliver our vision, CanToo has a dual mission:

Cancer prevention - Professionally coached programs promote healthy lifestyles and aid in reducing the risk of one-third of cancers which are lifestyle-related.

Cancer Research -  We are proud to have raised more than $33 million since 2005, funding early career cancer researchers. Further information is available here.

What is my fundraising commitment?

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We will provide your coaching and support throughout the 12-week program. In return, your commitment is to raise a minimum of $695.

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?

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When you fundraise for CanToo Foundation, you’re fundraising for Australian cancer research and prevention. We focus on investing in early career cancer researchers across all cancer types.

As a registered charity, we will always be careful with every single dollar we spend and completely transparent in our reporting. Read more.

What if I don't meet my commitment?

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CanToo has been teaching people to run and raise funds for cancer research since 2005. We know that you’ll do everything you can to fundraise for Australia's most promising cancer research projects and we’ll help you every step of the way.

If, due to personal circumstances, you feel you can’t meet your commitment, please contact us.  

How long do I have to fundraise?

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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!

How do I start fundraising?

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Once you register for a CanToo program, you will automatically have an online fundraising page on the CanToo website. Your online fundraising page can be shared with friends, family and colleagues who would like to support you in your fitness and fundraising goal with a tax deductable donation.  

Try these tips to make the most out of your fundraising page:

  • Personalise your fundraising page - add your profile photo, a personal message and shots from your weekly training.
  • Set the standard for generosity when you make the first donation. Your family and friends will follow your example when deciding how much to donate.
  • What does health and wellbeing mean to you? Tell people why you’re passionate about joining CanToo.
  • Reach out beyond your inner circle – ask family, friends, colleagues, and your community to donate. You are providing them with an opportunity to support valuable cancer research.
  • Get social. Social posts are all great for letting your circle know what you are up to. Use our social media posts to get inspired.
  • Update your fundraising goal. Have you reached your $695 goal? Change it to $1000. Ask people to help you reach your next fundraising milestone.
  • Remember to thank your donors publicly – tag them in a Facebook or LinkedIn post, or in person. The people who donate to your fundraising page are helping to make an incredible difference to support innovation in the prevention, care and control of cancer – please thank them from us!


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