TK Cowan 2023

2023 Preliminary Results:

2023 Preliminary Results.

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Entries close Thursday 18 May (for handicapping purposes). However, late entries will be accepted after the 18th. We are also seeking helpers/ marshals. Please let us know if you can help in the link below.

Enter online here (or offer to volunteer).

TK Cowan History

In the past the Presbyterian, Dunlaider (formally Anglican), and Mornington Running clubs each held an annual event. They would all invite the other two clubs to their event to compete. Runners were tough back then, and the clubs aimed to make the courses as challenging as they could.

The TK Cowan Race was created by the Presbyterian Harrier Club. This race has it all. Road, Grass, Mud, Gravel, Sand, and hills.

This event brought the three clubs together, and eventually through the positive relationships that it fostered, it led to the amalgamation of the three clubs. Forming Hill City.

The Next club merger was with the University Harrier and Multisport Club. The unification of the four clubs now forms the Hill City-University Athletic Club.

The TK Cowan is named after an influential runner from the Presbyterian Harrier Club. As a community, we are proud that the Cowan family has become a prominent, intergenerational, and well-respected family of runners at Hill City-University.

Race Details

Ocean Grove, Tomahawk Domain Hall 20 May 2023.

The hall will be open from 1:30pm.

All events start at 2:15pm

The TK Cowan has various race options to cater for all. All events are handicapped, with the aim that all runners finish at the same time. This event is free to all participants.

Entries close Thursday 18 May (for handicapping purposes). However, late entries will be accepted after the 18th.


Please note, we have made changes to this year’s course due to safety concerns. These new courses very much keep the spirit of the event though.

Race 1: 2.2 km: 

Race 2: 4.4 km: Will be 2 × 2.2 km laps (above).

Race 3: 8.3 km:  

Lap 1:

Lap 2:

2022 Results

2022 Results

2020 Winner Merrilee Cowan pictured with Life member and father Bruce Cowan
(son of TK Cowan)

Challenging the sand dune

Climbing the sand dune into the bushes is notoriously challenging. This video provides a short example of the difficult section.