GLENORCHY residents are encouraged to ward off the winter blues by participating in the Hazell Bros Glenorchy Fun Run.
Organised by the Northern Suburbs Athletic Club and now in its 28th year, the event will kick off at the Derwent Entertainment Centre on Sunday 29 July.
Northern Suburbs Athletic Club president David O’Brien said the club was “thrilled” to welcome back Hazell Bros as an event sponsor and overall naming rights partner of the event.
“It’s really pleasing that Hazell Bros are throwing their support behind the event,” he said.
“We’ve grown a lot in recent years with the fun run boom and their support is a by-product of the hard work done by many over recent years.”
The Hazell Bros Glenorchy Fun Run comprises three events – the Pace Financial Services 10-kilometre run, the Running Edge five-kilometre run/walk (both starting at 10am) and the Steeline Tasmania two-kilometre for primary school children starting at 9.45am.
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.”
With an event to suit all ages, Glenorchy residents are encouraged to put a family group together.
Younger runners will be able to follow-up recent school cross country carnivals with a choice of two or five-kilometre events.
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 or more who enter this year’s event.
Events start and finish at the Derwent Entertainment Centre and incorporate the GASP! Boardwalk, which provides a stunning view of the Derwent Estuary.
The Pace Financial Services 10-kilometre event will see a great battle between the evergreen Grant Page and Phil McConnon.
Page is seeking his 13th win but will be pushed all the way by club mate McConnon, who has moved up to the longer distances this season.
In the women’s event, Meriem Daoui will be keen to follow on from her recent win in the City to Casino.
However, five-time winner Melanie Daniels has now returned to top form and may cause an upset.
In the Running Edge five-kilomtre event, Ruby Smee and Francesca Smith will battle for supremacy while the men’s race is wide open with Chris Sullivan, Aaron Humphrey and Mike Davis vying for top honours.
The Steeline Tasmania two-kilometre 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.
Primary and secondary schools are encouraged to put teams together to participate.
Local business Steeline Tasmania is supporting the two-kilometre event, which has enabled the club to offer two school sports packs.
These will be awarded to the most outstanding primary and high school in this year’s races.
The Glenorchy City Council has been a strong supporter of the event since its inception and this year, will see a contingent of Glenorchy Council staff joining other participants in the challenge.
Entries for the Glenorchy Fun Run are now open.
To register for the event, visit www.nsac.org.au and follow the Glenorchy Fun Run link.
Cheaper entry fees are available prior to race day.
Caption: Participants take to the streets in a previous Glenorchy Fun Run event.