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The 4-Week Running Program

Ever wanted to follow a tailored exercise program to improve your running capacity?

The 4-Week Running Program, hosted by The Track in conjunction with ACU Sport, empowers ACU students and staff to explore different styles of running in a safe and guided environment. This program will provide you with the information, strategy and motivation to complete each weekly challenge, with the incentive of various prizes to assist in your long-term running development.

In Semester 2 2021, students and staff who register for the running program will be provided with a beginner or intermediate program drawn up by ACU Sport’s Ben Groth, a Level 2 Accredited Recreational Running Coach. Throughout the program, you will also receive access to nutrition advice from ACU’s own nutrition science department, as well as weekly video messages from Coach Ben.

Students who complete and upload all of their completed program runs to Strava under the ACU Sport group will receive a custom ACU Sport running pack.

To prepare for the program, please join the ACU Sport group on Strava.


When: Monday 2 August – Sunday 29 August
Where: Online

Register here

The Track Virtual Race

The Track’s week-long Virtual Race takes place twice a year, allowing ACU students and staff to challenge themselves physically and take part in some friendly competition.
The national race takes many formats including 3km, 5km and 10km run/walk options.
All participants who complete one of the distance options will receive an exclusive The Track Virtual Race medal, with students also going into the draw to win several prizes, with previous winners receiving Rebel Sport gift vouchers and a Garmin Forerunner smart watch.
The Semester 2 edition of The Track Virtual Race will take place in the week following the end of the 4-Week Running Program. Make sure you’re following The Track on Instagram to learn of any in-person events on your campus during the race week.
To prepare for the race, please join the ACU Sport group on Strava.


When: Monday 30 August – Sunday 5 September
Where: Online

Registration: Coming soon


Steptember Challenge

The Track’s Steptember Challenge will see students strive to lift their average daily steps in order to develop healthier habits when it comes to daily exercise and physical activity.

Starting on Monday 13 September, participants can win giveaways and prizes for increasing your average daily step count.
On campuses nationally, The Track will offer walking groups to provide participants with an opportunity to meet fellow students and staff while completing the weekly challenge.

To prepare for the program, please join the ACU Sport group on Strava.


When: Monday 13 September – Sunday 19 September
Where: Online and on campus

Registration: Coming soon

The Biketober Challenge


Hosted by ACU Sport in conjunction with The Track, our Biketober week will motivate ACU students and staff to:

• be physically active
• connect with each other
• take part in friendly competition
• to see cycling as a mode of transport.

From Monday 11 October, The Track will provide students and staff with several cycling-themed activities encouraging wider participation. Activities include a bike-cleaning service, social coffee rides and prizes for students and staff who present their helmet to the team at The Track.

The week will be headlined by The Track’s Biketober Strava Challenge. Students and staff who complete 30km of cycling in one week will go into the draw to win one of three $100 bike store gift vouchers.

To enter the weekly challenges and go into the draw to win prizes, staff and students need to join the ACU Sport group on Strava.


When: Monday 11 October – Sunday 17 October
Where: Online and at The Track

Registration: Coming soon