They say the objective is to smell the cow poo. The chatter about this event is not so much how to prepare for an athletic exercise, but about the countryside, cows and cow poo, dirt roads and whether you can pram it.
The event, the Devils Bend Fun Run. There are 3 distances you can choose from. If you want to sprint it and make the marathoners think you are a brilliant runner, then choose the 5 or 10km run. Otherwise, its 21.1km.
This half marathon event begins and ends at the Devilbend Reservior Park. The track travels along Grayden Road and Derrils Road, with the turn around for the 5 km just before Hodgkins Rd. The 10km takes you out Derrils Rd and back and the half marathon consists of 2 laps. Check out the route map.
Experienced runners talk about this as a bit of training before the Melbourne marathon, personal bests and hydration and some even travel from interstate and overseas to jog around this block. The rest of us, do a few stretches, hope for the best and put our best foots forward hoping we can make it the distance, whether its 5, 10 or the 21.1km without appearing to be a bit of a dill.
They will give you a number (early entries numbers have been posted) and you may collect late entry numbers on the day. They will also give you water every 5km. If you run fast and win, you may get prize and there are spot prizes along the way. You may also purchase Organic cotton t shirts via Ebay or CafePress if your so inclined.
AND if you can make the effort to dress in a devils suit, it means free entry to the race courtesy of the Mornington Peninsula Athletics Club, who organise this fun, energetic and enjoyable day.
I'd love to see pics of all those devil suits - sounds like a devilishly fun day out...
By Sue Williams - senior reviewer Friday, 12th of August @ 07:03 am
Umm, Im unsure if I will try to be there or not. There is the motivation of coffee that is there for after the run, but Im not sure that Im up to it this week. It is a beautiful area though, with big gums all around. An ideal place to let the weeks stresses go.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer Friday, 12th of August @ 11:25 am