I'm a Melbourne girl, born and bred, and new resident of Geelong. Fantabulous adventures await as I explore my gorgeous new city and the stunning Surf Coast. But don’t worry—I’ll be crossing the bridge regularly to get my Melbourne fix.
ARC15 - a runner's dream
The Australian Running Convention (ARC15), presented by Run 4 For Your Life Magazine (www.runforyourlife.com.au) is being held on 5th September at Caulfield Racecourse. The passionate crew behind ARC15 have created this unique event for Melbourne's running community, whether you're a newcomer gearing up for your first 5km fun run, or a crazy globe-trotting ultra-marathoner planning your next race in some far-flung corner of the world.
ARC15's aim is to inform, to educate, to bring the running community together in one place, at one time, with a stimulating conference program, seminars, workshops, and some pretty reputable guest speakers and presenters as well (does the name Steve Moneghetti ring a bell?).
The unique format of the event allows runners of all abilities to immerse themselves into the day's activities without other distractions vying for attention. It's not a half-hour seminar tacked on to the end of a race briefing before a big race, with preoccupied athletes continually checking their watches for when they next need to slam down their pre-race electrolyte drink, or rush home to whiz up their spinach/chia/almond/protein power shake in preparation for the morning's race (yeah, we know—we're runners—we're weird). It's not part of a general fitness and lifestyle expo, where scary cross-fitters persuading you to cross over to the dark side accost you. And whilst there will be over one hundred exhibitors on site, it's not purely about selling stuff (although going by the look of the exhibitor list, there's definitely going to be some very, very cool stuff there—hand me my credit card please).
The schedule for this one-day event is jam-packed with seminars and workshops, and you can guarantee that whatever burning questions you have about anything to do with running will be covered (check out the full schedule here). There are seminars on injury prevention and management, nutrition, and racing and recovering. Steve Moneghetti will present sessions on how to run your first marathon, and Tamsyn Lewis will lead discussions on motivation and psychology. Interactive workshops run continually throughout the day, covering everything from the benefits of yoga for runners, foam rollering methods, and how to improve your running through better technique. These workshops are hands-on, allowing you to learn new skills from leading experts, and to practice them in a fun and enjoyable environment. And if you really want to take the hands-on aspect to the next level, why not test yourself on the purpose-built obstacle course, or thrash out your fastest 400m as you can while testing out the latest GPS watches?
Then there's the event expo, with dozens of exhibitors offering trials and samples of the all the newest running products to hit the market. And whilst there are still some old-school runners out there who can't ditch their faded 1984 Melbourne Marathon singlets and fluro high-cut running shorts (for some, it's still just about the run), there has been huge advances in running clothing, technology and nutrition over the last 15 years, and what better way to test some of it than directly with the manufacturers, suppliers and distributors themselves.
And to fuel you throughout the day, there'll be healthy cooking demonstrations, as well as nutritious (and delicious) food and drinks available for purchase in the relaxing outdoor zone. Food trucks will be hawking everything from soups and pizzas to vegan delicacies to frozen yoghurt (is there anything better than ordering food that is literally cooked while you wait, in a tiny kitchen on wheels?). Melbourne-based Runner's Kitchen (www.runnerskitchen.com.au), will be there too, selling their Australian made (with all natural ingredients) protein bars, energy bars, and their signature product, AmazeBalls (that sound…well…amazing, really). Sophie Taylor (an Accredited Sports Dietician), who owns and operates Runners Kitchen, will also be presenting at ARC15 on how to fuel with real food.
Runners Kitchen will be at ARC15, and owner Sophie Taylor will also be presenting on how to fuel your body with real food, including their signature product, AmazeBalls. (Images courtesy of Runners Kitchen)
Fuel your day with healthy food and drinks
Tickets for the event can be purchased online through ARC15's website, and you can choose between a full access pass (which gives you admittance to the workshops and expo, as well as a choice of seminar streams) for only $49, or a general access pass, which allows entry to the expo and the workshop sessions for the incredibly reasonable $25. To mark your attendance at this one-of-a kind event, you can also purchase a signature ARC15 technical running shirt, as tested by the team of ARC15 Ambassadors (and if you're spotted wearing one in public by one of the ARC15 crew, you could even win a prize!). And if all that isn't enough, you also get a free six month subscription to Run 4 Your Life magazine, AND a $40 voucher to spend at any Active Feet store with every entry ticket. Phew, that's a lot for less than fifty bucks! The day's activities kick off with registration from 8.30am, and the expo opening at 9.00am. Seminars and workshops are scheduled to commence at 9.45am and will conclude at 4.30pm.
The ARC15 Ambassador Team - wearing the official ARC15 technical running shirts! (Photo courtesy ARC15)
The Melbourne running community should feel privileged to have such a fantastic event staged right here in our home city. Make the most of this opportunity to have your questions answered, test the latest products, learn a bunch of new skills, eat some delicious food, and immerse yourselves into the world of running. I'm so damn motivated right now that my stockinged feet are practically running by themselves under my desk. So, if you'll excuse me, time for me to swap these fluffy socks for some running shoes and hit the pavement…and I'll see you at ARC15!