The Cross Country Challenge is BACK, The Hills' largest and favourite fun run returning in 2021 for another action-packed year!
After going virtual in 2020, we're excited to welcome everyone back in person, challenging you to dust off your runners, get active and have a great day out with family and friends. Because we can all agree that lately, we've been spending a little too much time indoors.
Set within the grounds of the historic Bella Vista Farm, the course is entirely within parkland and void of street traffic with plenty of parking available.
The event is open to participants of all ages and fitness levels, meaning you can run, walk, skip or dance your way around the course – as long as you have fun doing it!
The award ceremony will commence after the last run is complete with prize winners (did someone say Hamilton Island?) also being announced.
Whether you're a competitive runner, keen to get the family out for some exercise, or are inspired to raise money for a great cause, don't miss out – this year's Cross Country Challenge is set to be bigger and better than ever!
Will you be this year's Cross Country Challenge fundraising champion?
The participant* who raises the most money for this year's Cross Country Challenge will win 2 night's accommodation at a luxurious penthouse on Hamilton Island** plus two return flights departing from Sydney; a total prize valued at more than $4,000!
What's more, all participants who fundraise $100 or more will automatically go into the draw to win a prize valued at $500.
Set up your fundraising page, share your profile with your friends and family, and get cracking! All funds raised will go towards helping headspace Australia, Positive Vibes, Youth Insearch and The Lisa Harnum Foundation.
By doing a little more, you can help so much.
* Participants must raise more than $1000 in order to be eligible.
** Specific travel dates and other conditions apply.
Important: We recommend you arrive a half hour before your chosen run to sign-in and collect your bib.
The Cross Country course is designed to highlight the beauty of Bella Vista Farm and provide different challenges along the way, including several short inclines and lush tree-filled areas. There will be several drink stops stationed throughout the course to ensure you stay hydrated too. The Cross Country Challenge is a fantastic opportunity to get family and friends together for a day of fitness and community fun.
Training isn't on track? There are three different course options so you can select the course that best suits your fitness level.
You can always change your chosen course closer to the event.
Anyone and everyone! However, if you feel unwell, please do not attend the Cross Country Challenge. If you have visited a recognized COVID-19 hotspot or have been in contact with a confirmed case in the past 14 days, do not attend the event.
Participants can run with their dogs in the Family Fun Run (3.7km) only. Owners must ensure that their dogs are on a leash and are under control at all times throughout the day. Owners will accept all responsibility for their dog’s actions. Please see our T&Cs for more details.
Children under the age of 16 must register with an adult and be accompanied by them on the day.
Yes! We encourage participants to bring their babies along, however babies are only permitted in the Family Fun Run (3.7km) and must be in prams.
Once logged in, navigate the Menu and select My Profile, then click the Edit button next to your name where you’ll be able to change your course along with your other personal details.
Event parking will be located on the grassed area at the southern end of the park adjacent to the Bunya trees. Access will be by way of the concrete driveway which emanates from the sealed access road to Bella Vista Oval. In addition, official parking for authorized vehicles will be available in the marked sealed parking area adjacent to the amenities building.
Members of the Hills Rural Fire Service will be on-site to provide first aid assistance to participants where required. They will also be patrolling the course to assist any participant who may need assistance and/or encounter difficulties whilst participating.
Yes! Everyone that participates in the 2021 Cross Country Challenge will receive an awesome finishers medal at the finish line.