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NAB Runwest - Review

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by Janelle (subscribe)
I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
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The runners bib ( image JW)

I ran the west on 31 March 2019 along with around 7000 others. As I stumbled out of bed in the dark on a colder than usual Sunday morning, I wondered if I was crazy. Mingling with the melee at Sydney Motorsport Park the anticipation built as the sun rose and the 7am start time for the12km inaugural Runwest event beckoned.

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Sunrise at the start line (image JW)

Participants started in waves according to expected finishing times. Elite athletes in Wave A to walkers in Wave E, timing chips on the race bibs recording correct individual times. As a proud Parkrun plodder, I started in Wave C. Amongst the crowd of green bib wearers were many who were seeking to challenge themselves to go further than their usual weekly 5km run.

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Western Sydney Zoo (image JW)

Motivation for attendance was as varied as the entrants themselves; some to compete against family and friends, some to fundraise, others to be part of a historic community event. All of us were keen to get a sneak peek at Sydney Zoo as well as complimentary entrance later in the year.

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A glimpse of Sydney Zoo (image JW)

The course was interesting and provided unique opportunities to run at Sydney Motorsport Park, the Sydney Zoo as well as through portions of the beautiful Westerrn Sydney Parklands.

Entertainment was provided along the course as well as water stations at the 4.4km and 8.5km mark, lots of smiling volunteers offered encouraging words, high fives and assistance.

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Medals for all! (image JW)

The inaugural Runwest was a great event enjoyed by volunteers and entrants in the 4km, and 12km events. There were some teething problems and transport issues as well as a soul-destroying hill toward the end of the course and a post-event hike in order to collect medals, gear and shuttle buses. Future events will be sure to be bigger and better.

Health and fitness in the great outdoors of western Sydney with a like-minded community!
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Why? To challenge oneself whilst enjoying the great outdoors
When: 12 km event start 7am, 4 km event start 10am
Where: Eastern Creek Motorsport Park to Rooty Hill (12km)
Cost: $30 for super early bird, children under 5 free, late entries $60 and $12 under 5s
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