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Community fun (run)

THE WEATHER gods were looking favourably at Warrandyte for the 13th running of the town’s annual fun run, for the weather was — dare I say — perfect.
The format of the event has been pretty stable for the last four years. The predictable course and distance options — ranging from 2.2 kilometres to 21km — are proving attractive to runners both local and from further afield.
While lapped courses are not always popular, the course at Run Warrandyte, with its meandering climb up Everard Drive, which has a great river aspect, to the scenic single trail in the Pound Reserve, makes the idea of “just one more lap” that little bit easier.
With a 7:30am start, it’s all over in time for elevenses or even an early lunch at one of the many cafés in Warrandyte.
But regardless of whether you are a daily jogger, an avid road or trail runner, or if Run Warrandyte is part of your New Year’s resolution to be more active, the feeling that cuts through it all is the sense of community.
Before the first runners were even on the course, the event village was buzzing, with stands by the major sponsors, food vendors, and activities for kids, plus just friends and runners seeking each other out and having a catch-up before the runs got underway, with representation from nearby running clubs such as the Diamond Creek Runners (DCR), and Westerfoldians, and Warrandyte’s very own Warrandyte River Runners.
Even post-run, many stuck around the event village to bask in the glorious warmth of the mid-morning sun, get a massage from PhysioLife, buy new running gear from The Running Company Lilydale, or partake of some fantastic coffee and snacks thanks to Scrumdiddely café.
This event is nothing without the volunteers who were — as always — cheerful and encouraging, with a special shout out to the Warrandyte Netball Club for the imaginative signs which distracted, entertained, and possibly tormented (I’m talking about “It’s just a hill get over it”) runners on course this year.
The result is anticipation for 2025, when the Warrandyte will once again embrace the running community to share just one more lap of the West End and the Pound while raising funds for our local sporting group.
If you ran in this year’s event and want to know your official time, visit www.runwarrandyte.com.

Photos: SANDI MILLER

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