I'm a freelance writer who lives on the Bellarine Peninsula. I enjoy finding new things to see and do in the beautiful area that I live in.
Believe it or not, fun runs can indeed be fun. Sure, you still have to train your body to be able to cope with the distance that you intend to run, and that can sometimes be no easy feat, but the sense of achievement you feel after completing the course is second to none; especially if your time is a personal best.
As the summer months approach, more and more fun runs appear on the sporting calendar, which means that you have plenty of options if you decide that you would like to participate. These vary from easy, short-distance levels to harder, long-distance runs, although most events have both options to allow a broader range of people to enter. Some even have walking options for those who want to participate but are unsure if they can run the distance.
If you would like to attempt a fairly easy fun run, as well as support community organizations, you need look no further than the Lara Fun Run, which will be held on Sunday 4 November. Marketed as a family-focused event, there is a 10km run, 5km run or walk, and a Kids Dash (which covers approximately 1.5km and is only open to Primary School age children, with a minimum age of 5).
The Lara Fun Run will be held on a great new course at Serendip Sanctuary this year
This year's Fun Run will be held on a new course from previous years, passing through the lovely Serendip Sanctuary, and starting and ending at the historic Pirra Homestead. This is the only time people will be able to run along this track (unless they repeat the same course again next year), as it is usually off-limits to the public. Along the way, you may be lucky enough to see kangaroos, koalas, emus and some of the other native animals that call Serendip Sanctuary home.
Entry costs to participate in this event vary, particularly if you're registering on the day, but you get plenty of extras for the amount that you pay, including entry into the Fun Run and a goody bag featuring magazines, sporting membership trials and the chance to win numerous spot prizes. Money raised from the entry fees will also go towards Lara community groups, schools and Serendip Sanctuary, so you know that your money will be helping assist some great local organisations.
This event will have timing recorders (so you can see how well you fare against family and friends), and there will be a presentation ceremony at the end of the event for the Lara Sportsperson of the year award, which celebrates the achievements of sportspeople from the region. Winners for each of the age categories of the Fun Run will also be presented with trophies. The Lara Fun Run is sure to be an enjoyable experience for everyone who participates, and will likely encourage you to enter more fun run events as the year progresses.