The 2019 Greater Bank Fitness 5 Fun Run & Walk returns to Wollongong on Sunday, March 24th. Featuring some beautiful scenery of the Wollongong coastline, this event is perfect for anyone regardless of their level of fitness.
Simultaneously, the Peoplecare Kerryn McCann 10, now in its fourth year, provides a longer alternative for runners and walkers, while concurrently supporting an important cause – the McGrath Foundation.
With only two weeks left to register for the 30th instalment of the Fitness 5, we’ve taken a quick look back at some of the best moments throughout the event’s history.
#1 1990: NAIL-BITING FINISH IN DEBUT RACE
Tight finishes in long distance event are a rarity, but that’s exactly what happened during the first instalment of the Fitness 5.
A close finish between Jamie Harrison, Paul Arthur and former ironman world champion Greg Welsh had spectators screaming right to the end.
Harrison emerged the victor, with an impressive time of 14:26.
#2 2003: FUTURE STAR SHINES EARLY
A future Olympian highlighted her growing potential when she won the women’s Fitness 5 at only 15 years of age.
Teenager Madeline Heiner won the 2003 women’s Fitness 5 with a time of 18:01, easily trumping the more experienced runners that competed.
Years later, Madeline would go on to represent Australia in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games – she placed seventh in the steeplechase final with a personal best of 9:20:38 and tenth in the 5000m final with a personal best of 15:04.05.
#3 2005: RECORD-BREAKING OLYMPIANS STEAL THE SHOW
For both the male and female all-time Fitness 5 records to be broken in one morning requires two incredible athletes.
Aussie Olympians Youcef Abdi and the late Kerry McCann did just that in 2005, when they both smashed their respective records.
Abdi clocked 14:21 and McCann an equally remarkable 15:49 – both records remain unbroken to this very day.
#4 2016: A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN REMEMBERED
Dual Commonwealth Games marathon gold medallist Kerry McCann lost her battle with breast cancer in 2008.
The mother of three had been a part of the Kembla Joggers since she was a junior and was a three-time Australian Olympian.
In 2016, an additional 10km race was added in commemoration of McCann’s life and to raise money for the McGrath Foundation, helping reduce the prevalence of breast cancer deaths in Australian women.
With friends and family in attendance, it was moving way to celebrate the life of a great women, whose legacy lives on through this race every year.
#5 2018: KRAJEWSKI THE VETERAN RETURNS
Only one person has competed in all 29 Fitness 5 races to date – Witold Krajewski.
The 69-year-old has made the journey to Wollongong City Beach every year since 1990, earning his title as the most respected and loved competitor each year.
We all hope to see Krajewski again in a couple of weeks for what will be his 30th race!
For more information on the Greater Bank Fitness 5 & Kerryn McCann 10 and to register please click here: https://www.runnsw.com.au/event/2019-fitness-5-kerryn-mccann-10/