The KEEPING KIDS ON TRACK Funrun is BACK in 2014!! Bigger and better!!
Following on from it’s beginnings in 2012 with 170 competitors, to an astounding 480 in 2013, we are excited to announce the date for this event in 2014 – SATURDAY MARCH 15 – put it in your diary NOW!!
Join us in Kilcunda, with your family and friends to enjoy as little as a leisurely 3km stroll, or challenge yourself with a longer distance, (5km, 10km, 15km, 21.1km), all the while experiencing the breath-taking views along the Kilcunda-Wonthaggi Rail Trail.
This fun run has been created to give an awareness of the spectacular Rail Trail between Kilcunda and Wonthaggi, and the stunning features along its path within the Bass Coast Shire, including the pristine waters, the rugged coastline, the Desalination Plant and the Wind Towers.
The Bass Coast Barracudas Triathlon Club in conjunction with other local groups have endeavoured to create an event which includes competitors of various ages and abilities by offering various distances, and we encourage participation from both locals and visitors alike. If competing is not your ‘thing’, we would still love to hear from you if you would like to volunteer on the day!
It is a fundraising event in memory of Leslie McKay, a highly regarded mentor of youth and a fine advocate for reaching beyond our boundaries. Leslie herself was an avid runner, remembering her efforts in a Half Marathon and her passion to continue despite obstacles was an inspiration to create an event with the emphasis on FUN!!
Leslie was also heavily involved in the nurturing of our youth and education and would support the funds from this memorial event to be put back into the youth and education.
The event has evolved to become a family-fun festival; in 2013 it included live musical entertainment, and this will expand in 2014. If you are interested in getting involved please contact the triathlon club.
Each year this event has also made a donation of $1,000.00 to the locally founded KONGOR SCHOOL SUPPORT GROUP – a charity established 2 years ago by Felicia Di Stefano to rebuild a primary school in Southern Sudan. This is an on-going community project which we are proud to support and will continue to support in 2014.
The ‘Keeping Kids On Track’ Fun Run will continue for many years to come. So let’s get this event out there, let’s make Leslie and many like her proud. Even if you are not a runner, it might be time to step outside your comfort zone, have a crack and ‘Keep Kid’s On Track’!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
- The start / finish line are in the same location, so no need to transport back to starting location.
- You receive your t-shirt/singlet and event bag ON THE DAY. Nothing is mailed out before the event.
- Registration and start / finish line are in Kilcunda, in the foreshore carpark (opposite the Kilcunda pub, on the Bass Hwy). Registration opens at 7am.
- The 15km & 21.1km – first 4 km is quite undulating, along the cliff tops, with phenomenal views of the coast line. The remaining distance is reasonably flat, with only mild inclines/ declines.
- It is run on a rail trail (sandy /gravel path, approximately 3 metres wide), all off-road.
- Start times are: 21.1km & 15km : 8.30am ; all other distances commencing on or after 9am. Please arrive in plenty of time to pick up event bag, timing band, confirm registration, attend race briefing.
- To receive an official time for your race, you MUST enter on-line prior to the event.
- Maps of the course are up and displayed at the bottom of this post .
- Entertainment is provided at the finish line, heaps of give-aways, market stalls,park for the kids, and local sporting clubs are represented, so bring your family and friends and enjoy the festive atmosphere after your race!
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KKOT FUNRUN MAP 1: Includes 3km & 4.5km walk course. This map also shows the start of the 15km & 21.1km course – from the start line it follows along the George Bass Coastal Walk out along the clifftops to the turnaround point at Shanty Lane, back along the George Bass Coastal walk with a slight deviation then through the start/finish line again towards Wonthaggi and over the historic Kilcunda Trestle Bridge.
KKOT FUNRUN MAP 2: After the 5km, 10km leave the start line and cross over the Kilcunda Trestle Bridge (map 1), this map shows the relevant turnaround points; runners then continue back along the same course to the finish line (same as start line). This map also shows the 15km turnaround point.
KKOT FUNRUN MAP 3: Show relevant turnaround points further along the rail trail, including the 21.1km course (this occurs just before Lower Powlett Road; the road is NOT crossed by runners). Runners then run back along the same course, back over the Kilcunda Trestle bridge to the finish line.