GLENORCHY residents are encouraged to lace up their runners and get ready for the Hazell Bros Glenorchy Fun Run at the Derwent Entertainment Centre on Sunday 28 July.
The event turns 29 this year and is the main fundraiser for the local Northern Suburbs Athletic Club.
Local company Hazell Bros is again supporting the event as the major sponsor and overall naming rights partner.
Club president David O’Brien said the club welcomed Hazell Bros’ involvement in 2019.
“It’s really pleasing that Hazell Bros is throwing its support behind our event,” he said.
“We’ve grown a lot in recent years with the fun run boom and the support from a Tasmanian family company is very much appreciated.”
The Hazell Bros Glenorchy Fun Run comprises three events – the Pace Financial Services 10km run, the Running Edge 5km run/walk (both starting at 10am) and the Steeline Tasmania 2km for primary school children, starting at 9.45am.
All events start and finish at the Derwent Entertainment Centre and incorporate the GASP! Boardwalk, which provides a stunning view of the Derwent Estuary.
Mr O’Brien said the club took a family approach to the event.
“Our club is totally driven by volunteers, so we are able to keep entry fees low and encourage local residents to get involved,” he said.
“Sure it is called a ‘fun run’ but we welcome everyone to come out to run, shuffle or walk.”
Northern Suburbs Athletic Club athlete Phil McConnon is having an outstanding season and will start favourite in the Pace Financial Services 10km race.
Grant Page will challenge strongly and may add to his 13 wins in the event.
In the women’s 10km event, City to Casino winner Melanie Daniels and clubmate Meriem Daoui are very evenly matched and this will be the mostly highly contested of the races.
In the Running Edge 5km event, Ruby Smee and Anita McGinness will battle for line honours, while the men’s race is wide open with Chris Sullivan, Jamie Lawrence and Mike Davis to continue their form this season.
Younger runners will be able to follow-up recent school cross country carnivals with a choice of 2km or 5km events.
Local business Steeline Tasmania is supporting the 2km event, which has enabled the club to offer two school sports packs, to be awarded to the most outstanding primary and high schools in this year’s races.
The Steeline Tasmania 2km event is for school-age children and is held on a traffic-free road on which younger children can safely participate.
Parents are able to view the entire event from the start/finish area or may accompany their children in this race.
Glenorchy residents are encouraged to put a family group together as there is an event to suit all ages.
Parents will be able to continue the southern fun run program and participate alongside their children.
A 25 per cent discount is also available for families of four.
Entries are now open.
To register for the event, visit www.nsac.org.au and follow the Glenorchy Fun Run link to take advantage of the cheaper entry fee prior to race day.
Caption: Runners of all ages are encouraged to participate in this year’s Hazell Bros Glenorchy Fun Run on 28 July.