On your marks, get set, go

On your marks, get set, go! This is what you will hear on the Kilcunda rail trail this Saturday March 15th for the 3rd annual Keeping Kids On Track Funrun! Organisers of the event, the Bass Coast Barracudas Triathlon Club, are so excited to showcase the beautiful coastline that we are so privileged to have on our doorstep, and provide an event that has a distance for EVERYONE.

“Contrary to the name, this funrun is not just for kids – it is for all ages and abilities” said Deb Rielly, race director. “”We hope to see families (prams are welcome), serious half marathoners, friends out to enjoy a walk, seniors in our community who have enjoyed this coastline for many years, as well as kids and everyone in between!”

This year, event organisers have made the decision to have the walking events held along the George Bass Coastal Walk to minimise congestion on the rail trail. Race distances are as follows: 21.1km (half marathon), 15km, 10km, 5km run & walk, 3km run & walk.

The event has been very well supported by local businesses, and there will be lots of exciting give-aways on the day – especially for pre-registered athletes. Organisers are strongly encouraging entry before the day on the website (www.basscoasttri.com) to avoid queues and congestion at registration on the morning of the event. Professional timing is also available but only to pre-registered athletes.

“We have also organised a fantastic aerobic warm-up led from the stage before the event which will add atmosphere and get the competitors pumped!” said Deb Rielly. “Then after you have finished racing or walking, hang around to enjoy the musical entertainment, food and refreshments, activities for the kids, and be in the running for amazing prizes. Bring along some extra cash as there will be funrun T-shirts and singlets for sale, hats, and more!”.

All proceeds go towards a fund to be used locally for furthering ‘Sporting and Educational Opportunities’ for children of the Bass Coast, as well as a donation is made each year to the Kongor School Support Group – a locally founded organisation raising funds to build a school in South Sudan.

So dust off those sneakers, enter online, and set your alarm bright and early for Saturday morning: 21.1km & 15km start at 8.30am, all other events at 9am or soon after (but come along with plenty of time up your sleeve to find a carpark and enjoy the spritely warm-up!).

Register online at www.basscoasttri.com and come along to enjoy the beauty of the Kilcunda/Wonthaggi rail trail which we are so blessed to have right on our door step! Contact Deb Rielly 0409 945 559 or Louise O’Keeffe 0421969360 for further details.

FunRun Supports Kongor School Group


The Keeping kids on track funrun is less than 5 weeks away- Saturday March 15! Planning is well underway; many fun-runners and serious athletes alike have already entered, and numbers are limited this year to 500 – so don’t leave it too late!

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.

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 in the funrun 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.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 becoming involved please contact Deb or Louise (see below).

Each year this event has also made a donation of $1,000.00 to the locally founded KONGOR SCHOOL SUPPORT GROUP – a charity established 3 years ago by Felicia Di Stefano to rebuild the Kongor primary school in South Sudan. To date, $88,000.00 has been raised of which $40,000.00 has been used to purchase & transport a block making machine as well as paying for a trainer to come to Kongor to train the village people in block making and in building construction. “On behalf of the Kongor people, I wish to pass on their sincere thanks to the many people involved in helping the Kongor school support group to achieve what has been achieved so far” said Felicia.

The funrun will also include entertainment and a festive atmosphere at the finish line including market stalls and food. To further add to their the funds, the Kongor school will set up a market stall providing professional masseuse shoulder/neck massages, home made cakes, biscuits, a lucky dip for the kids, hand-turned pens and more.

So, get online and enter for the funrun NOW to avoid disappointment as numbers are limited:   fun run page for entry  and bring along your family and friends to enjoy the entertainment and fun at the finish line!

Fantastic Support From Local Businesses – Kepping Kids on Track FunRun 2014


The local Bass Coast Barracudas Triathlon Club has been delighted with the generous response from local businesses showing support of the up-coming ‘Keeping Kids On Track’ funrun to be held on Saturday the 15th of March.

This is the 3rd annual funrun, held along the spectacular rail trail between Kilcunda and Wonthaggi. This year, event organisers have made the decision to have the walking events held along the George Bass Coastal Walk, to minimise congestion on the rail trail. Race distances are as follows: 21.1km (half marathon), 15km, 10km, 5km run & walk, 3km run & walk.

“We are expecting 500 athletes this year, so we had to make a few changes to cater for such large numbers” said Debbie Rielly, race director. In making these changes, we believe that we have included even more impressive coastline for runners and walkers to take in, and we hope to showcase this to visiting athletes as well as to locals who haven’t managed to explore it! Registration and the start/finish line for all race distances is still in the same location as previous years, the Kilcunda foreshore carpark, so the carnival-like atmosphere at the finish line can be enjoyed by everyone.”

The major sponsor for the 2014 ‘Keeping Kids On Track’ funrun is Sportspower, Wonthaggi, who were also vital in the success of last years’ event. The event singlet / T-shirt which was hugely popular last year, will again be a high-quality dry-fit singlet or T-shirt thanks to the support of Sportspower.

Safeway Wonthaggi will again be providing fruit and water at the finish line that they have not only donated, but staff will be on hand to prepare and distribute their delicious produce for tired, hungry athletes!

Other sponsors that are making the event possible include: RACV Resort, Hotondo Homes, Bass Coast Podiatry, Bendigo Bank, Voyage Fitness Wonthaggi, Wonthaggi Amcal Pharmacy, Autobarn, Bunnings, JES Industries, MacDonalds, Abicor, TNT Explosive prints.

Walking participants (3km and 4.5km) are also strongly encouraged to enter online as numbers will be capped at 500 this year – and places are filling fast! Registration on the day will open at 7am and will close at 8.45am, and will include a $5.00 late-registration fee. Teams of 10 or more can enter for the discounted entry fee of $10.00 each and can obtain manual entry forms by contacting organisers prior to the event (see below).

So go to the   fun run page for entry and come along to enjoy the beauty of the Kilcunda/Wonthaggi rail trail which we are so blessed to have right on our door step! Contact Deb Rielly 0409 945 559 or Louise O’Keeffe 0421969360 for further details.

Ambassador Back for FunRun


There is less than 2 weeks now until the 3rd annual KEEPING KIDS ON TRACK FUNRUN held along the Kilcunda-Wonthaggi Rail Trail on Saturday the 15th of March.  The event caters for everyone – young and old, as well as elite athletes or those who simply prefer to stroll along the rail trail enjoying the views.

The organising committee are excited to once again welcome back the 2013 race ambassador, Magnus Michelsson.  “We are especially grateful for Magnus’ commitment to support this event again in 2014 after last year he was unfortunately involved in a collision on his way to the event” said Debbie Rielly, race director.  “His courage and determination to put a smile on his face and still get behind the microphone to inspire other athletes in the pre-race briefing to do their best and enjoy their day, while he was in obvious discomfort from the accident, was honourable”.

Magnus Michelsson has a resume of sporting achievements that has seen him compete on the world stage.  This impressive record includes winning the Melbourne Marathon twice (Personal Best, time of 2 hours 14 minutes), the Canberra Marathon twice, and the Gold Coast Marathon once.  Magnus has also completed the 89km endurance running event ‘Comrades’ in South Africa several times (including 16th place in 5 hours 55 minutes), he has a half marathon Personal Best (PB) of 62 min. 52 secs, a 10km PB of 29 min. 33 secs., and has competed in the Hawaiian Ironman, Melbourne Ironman, and several half ironman events.  Magnus now still regularly competes, and combines running in the winter with triathlons in the summer.  He is a regular competitor at the local Bass Coast Barracudas Triathlon Club events held each summer in Inverloch and Cape Paterson also.

Magnus is looking forward to meeting athletes on the day, sharing his experience and wisdom, and taking a run himself along the spectacular rail trail that this year will include the George Bass Coastal Walk for some distances (refer to website for maps).  Race distances available are:  21.1km half marathon, 15km, 10km, 5km run & walk, 3km run & walk.  All athletes registered prior to the event will receive an event bag, and event T-shirts & singlets are also available to purchase (but are included in registration fee for 15km & 21.1km events).  Winners prizes as well as numerous spot prizes will be up for grabs and the finish line promises to provide fun for all in attendance.  There will once again be live entertainment, local sporting clubs represented, the Kongor School Support Group, market stalls, sausage sizzle, other refreshments, and much much more!!

Please refer to the fun run page for entry and for more information and to register BEFORE the day for the discounted price as numbers this year are limited to 500 (there will be an on-the-day $5.00 late-registration fee).   For more information contact Debbie Rielly 0409 945 559 or Louise O’Keeffe 0421 969 360.