More people in Goulburn and other parts of the Southern Highlands, the Illawarra and the ACT are expected to take part in a major fun run in Goulburn on October 4 thanks to new sponsors and the support of Goulburn Council and some elite Canberra based athletes.
The Goulburn Runners and Walkers Club today announced the Greater Building Society, Goulburn Workers Club and Fife Financial Services were getting behind the fun run as it launched the event and declared entries open.
The Fun Run includes the Workers Club 10km, Greater 5km and the FIFE children’s 2km event. The event is being organised by Athletics NSW through its Greater RunNSW Series.
Event organiser and Australian marathon runner Scott Westcott said last year’s event attracted close to 300 entrants. He’s confident this year’s event will be bigger and better. Mr Westcott said there was interest building amongst the local running community including the local ’parkrun’ running community.
Canberra based elite runners, Michael Roeger (an International Paralympic Committee 1500m World Recorder Holder), Melissa Duncan a 2014 Commonwealth Games 1500m Finalist) and Emily Brichacek (Rio 2016 Olympic 5000m Qualifier) were the first to register for the event.
Roeger said he was delighted to support this event as a final preparation for the World IPC Championships in Doha later in October.
â€œI have always enjoyed fun runs when I can fit them in and to do them in a small community town like Goulburn is fantastic as it reminds me of home,â€ Roeger said.
â€œIt’s a great community event for everyone of all ages and abilities to get out there and have a run; I hope to see as many locals out there as possible,â€ he said.
This year’s event will also be the second year of the Peter Oberg memorial trophy as Club spokesperson Andrew Oberg explained that the trophy will be awarded by a member of the Oberg family to the first local male or female to cross the finish line in the 10km event. The trophy is up for grabs with last year’s winner, Brad White, unable to run this year. Peter Oberg was a lifelong member of the Goulburn Runners and Walkers Club and heavily involved in a variety of sports within the local community. Tragically, he was lost to the sea while rock fishing on the NSW north coast in May 2014; his body was never recovered.
Greater Building Society CEO Scott Morgan said the event is one of nine Athletics NSW RunNSW community fun runs it is supporting across NSW in 2015. Mr Morgan said as a customer owned banking organisation we put our profits into supporting community.
â€œI encourage people to join The Greater and other sponsors in building this event to be one of the biggest in southern NSW and a great event for the local community.â€ Mr Morgan said.
Early bird entries are $10 for kids and $20 for adults. Every participant will receive a finisher’s certificate and there will be medals major age categories in each of the three runs. For more information, to enter the Greater Goulburn Fun Run visit www.goulburnfunrun.com.au
Emily Brichacek, Philo Saunders, Michael Roeger and Melissa Duncan in front of the Big Merino
The Start of the 2014 Goulburn Fun Run