Wow! What a special day we have all just experienced!!

From all members of the Keeping Kids On Track Funrun Committee for 2015, we hope that all participants and others cheering on their families and friends today enjoyed the KKOT 2015 Funrun Festival.

To everyone who has made it possible, we have attempted to thank you personally, so I will keep this brief, but to our SPONSORS, VOLUNTEERS, MC, 3mfm providing music, all the sports clubs representing themselves at the festival, the food stalls and entertainment, BAND, Fiona’s warm-up, our awesome ambassador MAGNUS, PIGGY from Bendigo Bank, and most of all to the ATHLETES who made today the success that it was!  The atmosphere was fantastic, and apart from the head-wind coming towards the finish-line, the weather was pretty spot-on also!

All funds from this event are donated to local sporting organisations that advocate sport, education and healthy lifestyle choices.  Organisations that have benefited from the past 3 events include: Wonthaggi Little Athletics, Bass Coast Board Riders, Wonthaggi Underwater Hockey Club, Inverloch Wind Surging Club, Wonthaggi Basketball Association, local Nippers Surf Lifesaving programs (Wonthaggi, Cape Paterson and Inverloch), Bass Coast Specialist School, Wonthaggi Library Loan Scheme, Wonthaggi SES.  So thankyou for supporting us again this year, so that we can continue to support sporting organisations in our local community!  We have also annually donated to the Kongor School Support Group, a locally founded charity raising funds to build a primary school in South Sudan.

So from all of us, without you guys ‘following this event’, supporting us all, and being there on the day, it would not be what it was, so THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU.  Follow us on facebook: ‘Keeping KIDS on TRACK’ to stay up to date for next year.

And don’t stop now, whatever training you have done to get to that finish line today, keep it up – making healthy lifestyle choices is what we are promoting to our youth, but it is important at any age!

So don’t stop RUNNING!

Till next year xxx

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 ( 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 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!