Local people of all ages will have the opportunity to get active, have fun and support the Starlight Children’s Foundation at the Greater Bank Casino Fun Run in September.

Entries will be declared open at a launch held at Casino RSM Club on Wednesday 20th July. The Fun Run will feature the Casino RSM 10km, Greater Bank 5km and Parker and Kissane 2km event for kids.

The 10km and 2km runs will start and finish at Queen Elizabeth Park No.2 (QE2). The 5km event will start on Canterbury Street in front of the RSM Club before running the length of Walker Street and finishing at QE2. The course is held entirely on closed roads and is suitable for all ages and abilities.

RunNSW manager and Olympic bound marathoner Scott Westcott said the fun run is being held for a third year thanks to the support of major sponsor Greater Bank as well as Richmond Valley Council, Casino RSM Club and Parker and Kissane.

Mr Westcott, 40, is making his Australian Olympic team debut when he competes in the Rio Games marathon in August. He confirmed he will run in the Casino event to “shake off” the Rio marathon.

Peta Maloney from host club Casino Little Athletics said holding the event just after the Olympics and just before the Little Athletics season will help to make it bigger and better than last year. Mrs Maloney said there was interest building amongst schools, gyms and the rapidly growing local recreational running community.

Richmond Valley Council Mayor Ernie Bennett said the event is part of Richmond Valley Council’s plan to attract more visitors to the town.

“The fun run shows off Casino and its facilities and we invite runners from all over the Northern Rivers and beyond to come and take part,” Councillor Bennett said.

Greater Bank branch manager Vanessa Restall said the event is one of 11 Athletics NSW RunNSW community fun runs it is supporting across NSW in 2016. She said the Casino event will be supporting the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Greater Bank is getting behind this event again because it is good for our community and it will also help Starlight Foundation to brighten the lives of seriously ill children, young people and their families,” Mrs Restall said.

Early bird entries are just $12 for kids and $16.50 for the 5k and $27 for the 10k. Every participant will receive a Greater Bank bottle and towel and there will be medals major age categories in each of the three runs.