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.

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