Community fun run back for another lap
by JAMES POYNER
10th February 2020
THE PREMIER running event in every Warrandyte runner’s heart, Run Warrandyte, is back for another lap (or three).
The ninth iteration of the annual event, will be held on Sunday, March 1 and has nominated Guide Dogs Victoria as its official charity partner, allowing participants the opportunity to fundraise to help the charity raise the money needed to breed and train a four-legged companion for those who are vision impaired.
It costs approximately $50,000 to breed and train just one guide dog.
The run is also a great opportunity to raise money for the Warrandyte Sporting Group with a combination of runner fundraising and profits from the run going towards important projects at the Warrandyte Sports Club.
Run Warrandyte Committee member, Michelle Bean, spoke to the Diary about the run and how it has contributed to the Sporting Group over the past eight years.
“To date we have raised a total of $53,000.
“These funds have been put towards past projects such as the new electronic scoreboard.
“Future projects include court and field lighting upgrades, as well as assisting in the enhancement of player training and wellbeing,” she said.
Run Warrandyte 2020 is also doing its part for the environment — the run is making steps to becoming a zero waste event.
Before the event, the committee is encouraging participants to not print their registration confirmations when they come to collect their bibs, instead showing a copy of the confirmation on your smartphone will suffice.
On the day, water on course will be provided in biodegradable cups and packaging, and participants and their families are encouraged to bring their own water bottles or collapsible cups for use during the event, these items are also available to purchase through the event registration website.
The event distances of 2.2, 5, 10 and 15 kilometres will follow the same course as the previous two years, offering 5–15km runners the opportunity to run through picturesque bushland in The Pound.
With assistance of the Day family, these runners will get an opportunity to run a unique course not normally accessible to the public.
“Numbers for the event continue to grow and the committee receive great joy in playing a part in providing a fun day for the community.
“The committee is ever grateful to the major sponsors that help make the event happen including, Warrandyte Community Bank, The Grand Hotel, Goldfields Family Medical Centre, Charlie Bins, Harding Swift Caravan Services, Ringwood Warrandyte Osteo, Quinton’s IGA, Johnstone Reimer Lawyers and Project Clothing,” said Michelle.
With distances catering for all ages and ability levels, Run Warrandyte is the ideal community event to get active and experience the wonderful Warrandyte bushland that surrounds our town.