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Wollongong runner honoured as fun run enters new era

Kembla Joggers has announced the Illawarra’s iconic fun run, The Greater Fitness 5, will enter a new era in 2016 with the introduction of a second feature run celebrating the memory of one of the region’s most decorated athletes.

The Kerryn McCann 10 will run in tandem with the much-loved, traditional 5km event on Sunday, April 3, offering the region’s  recreational runners and walkers a fresh challenge.

The event also involves a new partnership with Athletics NSW and a new sponsor in Greater Building Society.  The newly named Greater Fitness 5 will be incorporated into Athletics NSW’s RunNSW 2016 Greater Fun Run Series.

Kembla Joggers President Neil Barnett says the introduction of the Kerryn McCann 10 and collaboration with Athletics NSW will take the 26-year-old event to a new level.

“Developing the Kerryn McCann 10 is an important step for us as Kerryn was a proud member of Kembla Joggers for many years and still holds the female race record for the Fitness 5, set a year before she won the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games marathon gold medal,” he said.

“The 10km distance will provide an added challenge for runners who want to test themselves while our traditional Greater Fitness 5 is the perfect distance for any level of runner. With road closures in place and plenty of course marshals, the event is family friendly.”

Athletics NSW Recreational Running Manager and Rio Olympic marathon hopeful Scott Westcott, says the Greater Fitness 5 is a perfect fit for the Greater Fun Run Series because it caters for all ages and levels of fitness and fosters community spirit, having fun and healthy lifestyle choices.  He said the Kerryn McCann 10 will extend the usual route past the Innovation Campus, through Puckey’s Estate and Stuart Park.

“It is great to be involved in an event embraced by the community which offers such amazing views as it winds around the harbour and the eastern end of this fantastic city,” he said.

The runs are not-for-profit  and will raise funds for community projects.  The Greater Fitness 5 will support Kembla Joggers athletics projects in West Dapto while participants in the Kerryn McCann 10 can donate to the McGrath Foundation  to raise money to place breast care nurses in Australian communities and increase breast awareness in young people.

The Greater’s Dapto Branch Manager Nicole Hayes said online entries  are $30 for the Greater Fitness 5 and $45 for the Kerryn McCann 10.  Team and family entries are also available.  People aged up to 25 who enter online by Thursday, March 31 will receive a Lifesaver youth banking account from The Greater. For more information and entries, visit www.fitness5.com.au,  www.runnsw.com.au or view the event/RunNSW Facebook page.

 

Media Contact: Denise Everton, Waples Marketing

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