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Top 5 Fun Runs in Melbourne's Northern Suburbs

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Published October 15th 2013
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Want to compete in your first fun run but daunted by the prospect of a large field of competitors? Wanting to try a different race? Then try something local where you will enjoy the local atmosphere, cheaper entry fees or try a distance you have never tried before.

Local fun runs are a chance to support local communities who provide these races to encourage health and fitness in the local community, assist in building up community spirit and also to fund raise. More often these are annual events that get a lot of traction and support in their first year, and continue due to their overwhelming responses. They can be a highlight of your racing year as these events also encourage family participation.

1. Hurstbridge Fun Run - Saturday 27 October 2013
This local run commences and finishes at the Hurstbridge Primary School in Hurstbridge. The event features electronic chipping so you do receive an official race time. Event categories include a 3km walk or run or for those seeking a longer distance, there is the option of a 6km walk/run and 12km run.
Hurstrbridge Fun Run
From Hurstbridge Fun Run website

Register on the day from 7am, cost is $25 for an individual for any one event or for a family $55 which includes registration for 2 adults and dependants up to age 17.

Event commencement times are :
8.30am - 12 km Mason White Macdougall Real Estate Run
8.45am - 6km Bendigo Bank Hurstbridge & Districts Run/Walk
10am - 3km Hurstbridge Osteopathy Run/Walk

There will be market stalls, a BBQ and family activities during and after the event.

Visit the website for further information or to register online.

2. Run for the Firies - Sunday 10 November 2013
Run for the Firies is a local run organised by the Research and Kangaroo Ground CFA. This annual run commences and finishes at the Eltham North Adventure Playground, Wattletree Road, Eltham North.

Run for the Firies
from Fun Run website

Events include a 4km run / walk and a 10.7km run.

Event commencement times are :
9.15am - 10.7 km run
9.30am - 4 km run
9.35am - 4 km walk

Pre-Race day registration (before 25th October) for an individual is $17 (4km walk or run) or $22 (10.7km run) or $47 family registration (a mix of any event) for 2 adults and 3 children (under 17 years).

Visit the website for further information or online registration.

3. Victorian Road Runners (VRR) Yarra Bend Fun Run - Sunday 16 February 2014 .
Victorian Road Runners
from the VRR Website

VRR is a non-competitive running club which regularly organises running events which are aimed at keeping race costs down with events open to both members and non-members.

The Yarra Bend event includes both a 6km and a 12 km run.

The event commences at 8.30 am at Yarra Bend Park Fairfield
For further information visit the VRR website.

Entry on the day only.

4. The Eltham Fun Run - Sunday 23 March 2014
The Eltham Fun Run is a run that utilises the extensive bike trails in and around the local Shire of Nillumbik.

The run is a fundraiser to support the YMCA Open Doors Program which helps support those in the local area to access YMCA programs who due to circumstances cannot afford to participate in all YMCA has to offer.

The event features a 5km Run/Walk and a 10km Run and The run commences at the Eltham Leisure Centre in Brougham Road, Eltham

Early entry (before 16 March 2014) is $25 for adults, $20 children (under 16) and $60 for family (2 adults and 2 children under 16 years).

Registration is open for online entries with the first 100 online entrants to receive a free t-shirt. Visit the website for further information.


5. VRR Westerfolds Park - Half Marathon - Sunday 18th May 2014.

The VRR holds a Half Marathon (21.1km) at Westerfolds Park in Porter Street, Templestowe. Other events include a 5km and 10km run.

Further information available closer to the date or check the website for further details.
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Why? To give yourself a challenge
Where: Various throughout Melbourne's north and north east
Cost: Various entry fees
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