Festival of the Feet

Sunday 14 July 2024 - Enter Here

Join us for a fun community running festival featuring events for all ages and abilities

The Festival of the Feet offers 3km, 7km, 14km or 21.1km runs. All courses are off-road and wind their way along Georges River and around Lake Gillawarna, in the beautiful Mirrambeena Regional Park in Georges Hall.

The event attracts more than 600 entrants, from serious competitors to fun runners & walkers and families - from babes in prams to energetic octogenarians.

Everyone is welcome for a fun family day of fitness and festivities. We offer individual, team and family entries.

All finishers get a medal with trophies for 1st, 2nd & 3rd males & females in each event and a trophy for the 1st team in the 7km. There will also be lucky draw prizes on the day also.

When is the Festival of the Feet?

The Festival of the Feet is on Sunday 14 July 2024

Where is the Festival of the Feet?

The Festival of the Feet is hosted by Western Districts Joggers & Harriers and is held at Lake Gillawarna, within Mirrambeena Regional Park, Henry Lawson Drive in the suburb of Georges Hall near Bankstown. The Start/Finish area is located 150m west of the footbridge over Henry Lawson Drive, Georges Hall, between Flinders Road and Georges Crescent.

The GPS coordinates for the entry point to the cark park are S 33.911227  E 150.975851

How much is the entry fee to enter the Festival of the Feet?

Entry Fees:

  • Half-Marathon 21.1km (16 years and over) - $55*
  • 14km - $40*
  • 7km - $30*
  • 3km - $20*
  • 3km Family Entries (Up to 4) - $55*

* plus online booking fee

How do I register for the Festival of the Feet?

Entries are now open. Enter online here

Online registrations will close at 3.00 pm Saturday 13 July 2024

Can I register on the day of the Festival of the Feet?

Yes, we will be taking entries on the day. Entries will close 30 minutes before race start.

What are the run courses for the Festival of the Feet?

3km, 7km, 14km or 21.1km events start and finish at the Western Districts Joggers & Harriers clubhouse, situated 150m west of the pedestrian bridge on Henry Lawson Drive. between Flinders Avenue and Georges Crescent. Click on these links to view the course maps:

When does the Festival of the Feet races start?

  • 8.15 am – 21.1km
  • 8.45 am – 14km
  • 9.30 am – 7km
  • 10.00 am – 3km

Please arrive at least half an hour before your race start to pick up your bib and stash your gear at our gear drop-off.

Who can enter the Festival of the Feet events?

The Festival of the Feet is an event that welcomes runners of all ages and abilities. Anyone can enter the 3km, 7km and 14km Festival of the Feet races.

All entrants must be registered to be allowed on course regardless of age.

You need to be 16 years or over to enter the Festival of the Feet Half Marathon.

Children under 5 MUST be accompanied by an adult in the 3km race.

Is there a time limit or age limit for the Festival of the Feet Half Marathon?

Yes. Runners need to complete the half marathon distance under 3 hours to get marshal support and have their results recorded.

There is no upper age limit, but participants in the Festival of the Feet Half Marathon race need to be 16 years or over.

Can I organise a team to run in the Festival of the Feet?

Yes. The Festival of the Feet 7km race has the option to register a team of up to 6 people in the event – but you'll need to register online.

To register a team you'll need to agree on a team name and make sure each team member uses that name when they fill out their individual entry form.

A maximum of 6 in a team, fastest 4 will be counted. There is no additional fee to be in a team.

What are the awards for the Festival of the Feet?

The Festival of the Feet awards trophies for outright 1st, 2nd and 3rd males & females for the 21.1km, 14km, 7km and 3km events and age groups.

All participants are awarded a Festival of the Feet medal for completing their distance.

Finisher's certificate will be available online with results, times and placings.

When do I pick up my Festival of the Feet race bib?

You can collect your race bib on the day from our friendly volunteers at the registrations tent.

Please arrive at least half an hour before your race start time to pick up your race bib.

Your race timing chip is in your bib, so you need to wear it on the front of your clothing during the race (it's needed for timing, to help marshals direct you on the course, and to identify you in photos)

Where can I stash my stuff - will there be a baggage area?

Yes. The Festival of the Feet bibs features a special tear-off baggage tag that you can attach to your gear to keep it safe during your run.

Whilst every care will be taken to look after your belongings on race day, it's not a good idea to leave valuables in the baggage area.

Where can I park on race day?

The major parking areas are accessed by the Mirambeena Regional Park entry off Henry Lawson Drive, opposite Lionel Street at the southern end of the park. GPS Coordinates 33.911227  E 150.975851

We'll put up lots of signs on the day to help you find the best parking spot.

There will also be limited parking early on Henry Lawson Drive, and there is a small car park (20 spaces) off Henry Lawson Drive opposite Flinders Road.

Will there be drink stations on the Festival of the Feet courses?

Yes. Each Festival of the Feet race has drink stations at 3km, 5km, 10km, 12km, 17km and 19km distances.

What are the Festival of the Feet courses like?

The Festival of the Feet has four races 3km, 7km, 14km and 21.1kms. All of the Festival of the Feet races are held within the picturesque Mirambeena Regional Park.

You'll run along pathways which wind around beautiful lakes and along the Georges River, while you listen to western Sydney's magical songbirds.

River gums rise magically from the wetlands and the scrubby hills are full of finches and wrens. If you love a bush run – the Festival of the Feet has to be on your running bucket list.

The 7km Loop

Starting on the expansive grassed area adjoining Lake Gillawarna, teeming with birdlife including pelicans, swans, wild ducks and waterfowl. The course follows clear pathways and a beautiful bushy landscape. The first kilometre will take you from the lakeside, the Georges River beach, then follows the Prospect Creek banks, as you enjoy the flat and beautiful wetlands running.

Having nicely warmed up over a little more than 2kms, you will pass the seven peacemakers (totem poles) on your right and then come to your first hill.

The next couple of hills will be worthwhile, because you'll hit the drinks station at about 3kms, then sweep down an easy hill.

You will come to the northernmost lake at Shortland Brush with its water sculpture to migrating birds on the right.

At the northern end of this Lake, you will come to a hill of a few hundred metres in length which will "keep you honest" but as the turnaround point is at the crest of this hill, as is the 4 km mark, you will have a fast easy run down until you turn left and go along the eastern side of this beautiful lake.

At about the 5kms point you will go passed the drink station and through some more undulating hills finishing in an easy fast downhill gradient run.

The last kilometre goes along the eastern side of Lake Gillawarna turning to the right just before the pedestrian bridge, which straddles Henry Lawson Drive, returning to the starting point.

Can I run with a pram?

Yes. Carers with prams can participate in the 3km event only.

It's mostly flat, and there are always lots of family groups in this race. For safety reasons, if you're starting with a pram we'll get you to start at the back of the pack.

Also, it's probably not a good idea to run "competitively" with a pram in the Festival of the Feet.

People with prams are not able to enter the 7km, 14km and 21.1km events.

The nature of the runs and the number of people in the events means that prams could cause an accident in the Festival of the Feet events.

Can I run with my dog at the Festival of the Feet?

Unfortunately, we can't welcome dogs to participate with their masters at the Festival of the Feet.

Some of our courses are very tight, and dogs on leashes can produce a significant trip danger to all runners. 

Dogs are allowed to join us on the day at the Festival of the Feet, so long as they remain in the start precinct and remain on their leashes at all times. We also ask that dog owners are conscious that there will be lots of young children around, so it's wise not to bring dogs who haven't been socialized around kids.

If it is raining is the Festival of the Feet still on?

Yes, the Festival of the Feet will still be on if it is raining.

The only reason we would postpone Festival of the Feet is if the Mirrambeena Regional Park is so badly flooded that it becomes dangerous for participants.

If the Festival of the Feet is postponed online entrants will be automatically advised of the new date.

If the date is not suitable to you then you will be able to transfer your entry to another person for the same race distance or lesser distance.

Can I get a refund if I can't run?

The Festival of the Feet is a community event, run by volunteers, which donates any additional funds it raises to charities.

As such, we operate on very tight margins and we can't offer refunds.

If the event has to be postponed or changed in any way we'll make sure you have every possible opportunity to participate in an awesome run.

In the event that you can't run on the day, you can transfer your entry to another runner up to two weeks prior to the event.

Using the email that you used in your entry, please supply the following information of the person you are transferring your entry to festivalofthefeet@westiesjoggers.com

The name of the runner, their address, date of birth, age on race day, gender, emergency contact, email, mobile number, the event they will be running in (you can transfer to the same or lesser distance).

Will there be a photographer?

Westies photographers will be at Festival of the Feet to capture all the action. Photos will be available soon after the event for download.

Which charities are supported by the Festival of the Feet?

The charities we support are: 

Can I be a volunteer at the Festival of the Feet?

Yes! If you would like to help us out on the day then you can let us know your details and we will be in touch to let you know how you can help. Email us at festivalofthefeet@westiesjoggers.com

How can I become a sponsor of the Festival of the Feet?

The Festival of the Feet offers a series of sponsorship packages designed to maximise the return to our loyal supporters and welcome the opportunity to work together to ensure the race is a successful event for everyone involved.

Sponsorship opportunities are strictly limited and designed to deliver maximum engagement with your brand, as well as excellent content development and storytelling opportunities to demonstrate your commitment to the community.

Contact us at festivalofthefeet@westiesjoggers.com to find out how we can make your brand BOOM!

Who can I contact for more information?

Contact our Race Director via email at festivalofthefeet@westiesjoggers.com, if you need any more information about the Festival of the Feet.

Every effort is made to provide information that is accurate. However, the information contained in this website is subject to change at any time.

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