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Athletics NSW launches innovative new series and membership packages

Athletics NSW launches innovative new series and membership packages

Author: Athletics NSW Administrator/Tuesday, 28 February 2017/Categories: News

Athletics New South Wales (ANSW) has administered a well supported winter Cross Country series for more than 100 years. 


2017 will see these events return for another year, however with important changes aimed at making them more appealing and accessible to the thousands of runners in New South Wales who might want to get involved.


The first and most obvious change is the rebranding of the Athletics NSW Winter Series to the Waratah Run Series, which is a remodelled set of cross country, road races and relay events. These events are for participants of all ages and abilities, and focus on participant enjoyment and on the day entertainment. The Waratah Run Series will encompass both Championship events as well as community based social events. 


The biggest and most important change sees the opportunity for any runner to take part in any of these events without having to take out a membership with ANSW beforehand. 


ANSW understands that many people aren’t able to commit to full season membership and the research indicates that many people want to be able to ‘try before they buy’ a full membership. 

With these new changes there’s an opportunity to sample any of the 24 winter events throughout the season without any commitments.


Some of the key events in the ANSW winter series calendar are:

-       St George Classic at the picturesque Scarborough Park

-       Cross Country relays in Sutherland

-       Volcanic Mountain Running in Orange

-       The Sydney 10km on the streets at Sydney Olympic Park

-       The Fernleigh 15 along the old rail line north of Lake Macquarie

-       Ultra running in Sydney’s Centennial Park

-       XC festival at the International Equestrian centre


Some of the best runners in Australia frequently compete at various ANSW events, but key data shows that the majority of people participating in these events are not elite athletes.  These participants are average people who are looking to keep fit, enjoy collecting points for their local club or who are looking to achieve personal goals.  This new series and membership model ensures that people from all walks of life will be able to enjoy the thrill of running, regardless of what their individual circumstances may be.

To view the entire offering of winter events please view the interactive calendar below.

2017 ANSW Interactive Winter Calendar


For further information on the Waratah Series visit


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