It's on again! A morning of absolute merriment has been organised for you to put the 'fun' into 'Fun Run/Walk'. The eighth annual Rotary Fun Run/Walk, organised by the Rotary Club of Brisbane Centenary and the Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge, is all set to get you moving at its new location on Sunday, 22 May, 2016. This year you will get to enjoy the beautiful surrounds of Rocks Riverside Park, 5 Counihan Street, Seventeen Mile Rocks.
Early starts will be the order of the day with the schedule arranged for: 7:00am Registration
8:00am Start 1km Kids Dash 8:35am Start 10km runners and walkers 8:45am Start 5km runners and walkers 10:00am Course closed and presentations to category, event and lucky draw winners.
There are three events taking place on the day. These are the:
1km Kids Dash;
10km Run/Walk; and
A note to all: Make sure you are there to see the 1km Kids Dash at 8.00am and witness the littlies do some serious running or, if they find it necessary, drag their parents down the track – the kids have a great time.
As an added incentive for all those dynamic students and their teachers out there, this year introduces a school challenge where the biggest team (and that can include students, parents, teachers and their dogs as members), can win a $200 Rebel Sports voucher for the sports department of their school – no more detentions for you if you can organise that!
The 1km Kids Dash is only for the kids (with some supportive parents allowed to cheer on their offspring) but all competitors and 'funsters' can join in the other events by registering in one of the following categories appropriate to their circumstances:
Kids (children under 10 years of age)
Junior (17 years of age and under)
Adult (18 years of age and over)
Team (an affiliation of four or more entrants); and
Entry costs have been kept low to encourage whole families to enter, so bring all the kids, Grandma, Grandpa, babies in strollers and even the family dog. It's cheaper to form up in a team and/or family of four participants or more.
For standard entries you must register before midnight, 10 May, 2016. There will be a late fee of $5.00 if you register after that and before midnight on the 17 May, 2016. You will not be able to register after that time and there is no registration available on the day – so get cracking! Your registration and payment fees can be made on-line here.
On the day you can collect your race kit from the reception desk. The race kit will include your number bib and safety pins.
This guy should win a trophy on 'cuteness' alone!
Trophies will be presented to the winners of each category and there will be mountains of random draw prizes for lucky entrants who are still there and join in at the end of the Run/Walk. Make sure you stick around for the mystery gift. This will be included as one of the random draw prizes and has been donated by Kratz Jewellers; this is one very, very nice prize.
No matter what happens on the day you will be a winner so take advantage of your surroundings and make a day of it. The run/walk takes place through a beautiful park alongside the Brisbane River with many tranquil areas set aside for picnics and other family activities. The kids are well taken care of and the area has plenty of attractions for them so why not bring the family and enjoy a relaxing picnic afterwards?
Although it's known as a Fun Run/Walk there is also a serious side to the day and Rotary's Centenary and Taylor Bridge groups will be working hard on the day to raise funds to help the community. The major beneficiaries are The Wesley Choice Cancer Support Centre, BeefBank and the Rotary Drought Appeal.
The Wesley Choices program has been running for 19 years. It began as the Kim Walters Choices program and has now developed into a significant healthcare program open to men and women who are effected by a cancer diagnosis, including members of the patients' families and their careers.
BeefBank supplies fresh meat protein to FoodBank for distribution to soup kitchens, school breakfast programs and similar organisation that provide meals for those in need.
The Rotary Drought Appeal has raised over $200,000 for families in drought affected regions. They operate a voucher system for families to purchase goods in local business. This helps families directly and supports small business in the towns, also families.
This is a great event with something for everybody. Come and have some fun with your friends and family or sign up and prove something to yourself. Whatever you do you will have fun and enjoy the experience and, at the same time, help some worthy causes helping the sick and needy.
For more information take a look at the website here or check out the Facebook page here. If you have any questions you can contact the Fun Run/Walk organiser, Graham Osterfield, on 0418 888 123.