Julie is the author of a number of guidebooks, including 'Melbourne's Best Bush Bay and City Walks' & 'Melbourne for Dogs' (with RSPCA). Read more of her adventures at her walks blog: walksmelbourne.com
Get up Get Over It
Well - it's only getting bigger! The iconic Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run is now turning into a whole day, and is taking over the whole city.
Sunday 30th August is the big day and early bird entries are open for those keen to pound up and over the mighty Gateway (Sir Leo Hirschler) Bridge (South) with thousands of other equally mad and fun-filled enthusiasts. You can enter either the 10km run/walk (if you want to take on the 5.1 degree incline of the Bridge) or the 5km walk/run to finish at the RNA Showgrounds, where there will be lots of events, food stalls and entertainment at the 'Finish Village'.
Ready, steady .... sweat!
The average runner takes about 1 hour and 14 minutes to cover the whole course - and your personal time will be recorded individually so you can track how you are going year on year, for repeat offenders. The elite dudes and dudettes do it in around 40 minutes, but don't let that put you off, as all you will see will be their dust while you're kicking along, having fun. More motivating, perhaps, is the 'Hero Time', where you get 1 second off your raw time for every $1 you raise for your charity .... so if you raise $3000 dollars, you'll be 'faster' than the elite winners!!
As Queensland's largest fun run, Bridge to Brisbane is a major fundraising event - with around $1 million raised each year for a range of charities - the appealing thing is that you can nominate your own favourite charity. Find out how, here.
Until 28th June, the early bird entry fee for the 2015 10km run/walk is still just $36, and the 5km run/walk is $30. After that date, registration fees increase to $45 for the 10km and $35 for the 5km event. Don't leave it till the last minute to register, as places are limited, with around 50,000 people expected. Children in strollers (and there are plenty of them) are free. There is also the option to register as a team, or a 'friends and family' team for those wanting company on the day.
Everyone who makes it across the finishing line receives a free 'finishers' t-shirt - wear it and be proud!! All participants receive a cap and backpack as well. There are prizes for fastest team times and top team and individual fundraisers, and even for the best dressed group. For the more serious runners, and those looking to improve their times, there are staggered start times and pacemakers throughout the course.
If running is not your thing but you want to join in the fun, there is plenty of need for volunteers - from course marshalls to drink station attendants, working in the recovery areas and as timing assistants. More information about volunteers can be found here or by registering as a volunteer by calling (07) 1300 55 55 77. There is also an excellent FAQ page on the event, which can be found here.