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Tue, 07 Nov


Between the Carousel & FishShack


T-Rex Races in the heart of Canberra! TUESDAY 7 NOVEMBER | 12-4PM | CANBERRA CITY


Time & Location

07 Nov, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Between the Carousel & FishShack, Petrie Plaza, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

About the Event

Get Ready to Rex & Roll! Canberra's T-Rex Races Are Back!

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 7th, 2023, as the beloved T-Rex novelty races return to Petrie Plaza after a pandemic-induced pause.

Compassionate Stakes: Racing for a Cause

Looking for a delightful and cruelty-free alternative to watching horse racing on "the cup" day? Look no further than the Compassionate Stakes. We believe that a great time shouldn't come at the expense of animals, and our event proves just that.

Race Like a Rex

Our races are open to the public, and your race ticket includes the exhilarating experience of donning a T-Rex costume.

Tickets: Your Passport to Rexhilaration

Please note that tickets are essential to join the race, so be sure to book your spot. [Link to ticket booking here.]

Spectators & Supporters: Enjoy for Free

Cheering on your favorite Rex racers? The event is absolutely free for spectators and supporters, so bring your friends and family to share in the fun.

A Rexcellent Day Out

The festivities kick off at 12 pm, and races are scheduled every half-hour, starting at 12:30 pm. Don't miss the grand finale, "THE COMPASSIONATE STAKES," the highlight of the day, set for 3 pm.

Advocacy & Awareness

Visit our information stalls hosted by Little Oak Sanctuary and the Animal Defenders Office, where you can learn more about critical animal protection issues.

Fashion Off The Field: Rexquisite Fashion Fun

Our fabulous "Fashion Off The Field" competition returns with a twist. Three of Canberra's fiercest Drag Queens will grace the event, celebrating fierce, fabulous, and fun fashion with prizes fit for royalty.

Rex Fuel for Your Appetite

All the fun is sure to build up an appetite. Enjoy a scrumptious veggie sausage sizzle from the Little Oak grill or indulge in delectable soft-serve treats from our friends at Future Swirl.

Join us for a day of laughter, camaraderie, and compassion. The Compassionate Stakes proves that having a blast and caring for animals go hand in hand. Get ready to Rex and roll!

Tuesday 7th November 12-4pm

Petrie Plaza - Canberra City (between the Merry-go-round and The Fish Shack)

Secure your spot and let's make this year's Compassionate Stakes an unforgettable experience.

Race entry fees are non-refundable and go to support survivors of the horse racing industry at Little Oak Sanctuary.

Overall Rules:

1. You must be aged 18 years old or over on 7th November, 2023, to compete.

2. You must arrive 30 minutes before the race starts for registration and T-Rex costume preparation.

3. All competitors MUST wear running shoes.

4. Competing with the spirit of kindness and compassion is compulsory - not a competition for saur losers!

5. First aid officers will be present in case of an accident; however, participants acknowledge they are racing at their own risk.

6. Judges' decisions on race outcomes are final.





  • Race 1: Big Bang


    This is where it all starts! Sign up for the first T-Rex race to hit Canberra's streets! Race distance, approximately 75 metres. 10 spots available, don't be a Saur loser, grab your friends and sign up today! Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd male and female.




  • Race 2: Dino Dash


    Horse racing has done it's dash - now it's time for you to do yours! Sign up for the race 2, the Dino-Dash! Race distance, approximately 75 metres. Grab your favourite colleagues and see who's the most superior dino-racer in your office! sign up today! Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd male and female!




  • Race 3: Reptilian Relay


    Co-dependent? Not like to do things without your BFF? This is the race for you! sign up with your buddy and relay race in T-Rex costumes for GLORY! Race distance, approximately 75 metres. 5 Teams of 2 (3 spots left!). Prizes for 1st team only. Choose Your Team colours from the following Options: Yellow Rex Red Rex Pink Rex Green Rex Brown Rex Team colours will be assigned on a first booked-first option basis.




  • Race 4: T-Rex Trials


    More of a mover than a racer? This race will demonstrate your superior dance moves as you hot step down the race track in your T-Rex suit. Race distance approximately 75m, Max 10 participants, prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd person based on style and dance moves (not place in the race).






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