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...read more
The 2019 Greater Bank Fitness 5 Fun Run & Walk returns to Wollongong once again to help promote healthy lifestyles in our community. This achievable distance is aimed for anyone to be able to run or walk regardless of their level of fitness. With wonderful scenery of the Wollongong coastline, this is an event that you’ll be glad you signed up for!
The Peoplecare Kerryn McCann 10, now in its fourth year, provides a longer distance alternative for runners and walkers, and at the same time supports a very special cause, the McGrath Foundation. It will be run again in honour of one of Australia’s finest ever female distance athletes, the late, great Kerryn McCann, who was a proud member of Kembla Joggers.
RunNSW members will receive a FREE entry into both the Kerryn McCann 10 and the Fitness 5 events!
Click here to sign up for the 2019 RunNSW membership now!
Peoplecare Kerryn McCann 10
Individual Entry $45.00
($50 after 22nd March, 2019)
Greater Bank Fitness 5
Individual Entry $30.00
($35 after 22nd March, 2019)
5km Family Entry (2 Adults, up to 4 children) $80.00
($90 after 22nd March, 2019)
Online entries accepted up until 8:00am on race day.
Note that the “Early Bird” pricing will close at midnight on 22nd March.
Family = 2 adults & up to 4 dependent children living under same roof can enter for the Greater 5k team challenge.
Individual Entries will be accepted for both Seniors and Juniors (Under 18 on Race Day) for both distances, and team entries for the 5k distance for families of 2 adults and up to 4 dependent children living at the same residential address.
The team times will be based on the fastest 3 times.
Team members are automatically entered into their individual gender/age category and are eligible for placings within their category and the event outright.
Collection of Race Packs
Early check in is available on Saturday 23rd March 9am – 12pm at the Wollongong Branch of the Greater Bank, 150 Crown St in the Crown St Mall. If you pick up your bib and timing chip on Saturday, you only need to get onto the start line on Sunday.
On the day check in: Bib pick up and late entries will be taken from 7.00am at the registration area located in front of the Illawarra Brewery at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre (WEC).
Start Times & Location
The start/finish is the same for both the Greater Bank Fitness and Peoplecare Kerryn McCann 10, which is located on lower Crown Street, in front of the Illawarra Brewery at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre (WEC). Walkers and slower runners should line up towards the rear of the pack to ensure a safe and smooth start.
Parking & Transport
There is plenty of free parking is available in the Council car park located on Stewart Street and surrounding streets.
There are toilets available at the start/finish line at Lower Crown St, in front of the Illawarra Brewery at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre (WEC).
This will occur at 8:20am. We require BOTH 10km runners and 5km runners to be present at this briefing, with both races starting at 8:30am. Stay on the left of the course at all times be that the roadway or the cycle path. There will be TWO finishing chutes upon your return so that we can clearly identify who is finishing the 5k and who is finishing the 10km. Both races will be electronically chip timed.
A RunNSW cool dry running shirt is available to purchase when you register at a cost of $22. They come in women’s, men’s and kids sizes. T shirts will be available to pick up from race pack collection on Saturday morning at The Greater Bank, Crown St and from the race registration area on Sunday morning.
Now in its 30th year, the 5km footrace and fitness walk takes in some of the region’s finest scenery passing along Cliff Road and returning along the seaside cycleway past North Beach, Belmore Basin, Wollongong Lighthouse and Wollongong City Beach.
The 10k race will follow the same course as the Greater Bank Fitness 5 on the way out and return. The additional 5km is achieved by continuing north from the Greater Bank Fitness 5 turn at North Beach, through Stuart Park, and then out and back via Puckey’s Estate nature trail.
The drink stations will be located at the half way mark and North Beach on the return, as well as the start/finish area on lower Crown Street.
Live Results will be available via the live results link on the RunNSW website, and via the Athletics NSW website here.
Presentations & Medals
The presentation will feature medals to the winners of each category. This will be held at 10:00am or as soon as the results are complete.
Medals will be presented for the Open Male & Female 1st, 2nd, 3rd for both distances, as well as for the age groups in the Greater Fitness 5.
Greater Bank Fitness 5
Male: Youcef Abdi (14:21, 2005) Female: Kerryn McCann (15:49, 2005)
Peoplecare Kerryn McCann 10
Male: David Mainwaring (33:23, 2017) Female: Tilly Offord (40:17, 2017)
(inaugural race 2016)
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Where can I collect my race pack from?
You can collect your race pack on Saturday, March 23rd from The Greater Bank, Wollongong Branch betwen 9am and midday. Please bring your confirmation email containing your bib number with you to make the process as quick as possible.
On race day, you can collect your race bib from 7am at the registration desk located at the top of the stairs of the Illawarra Brewery at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre.
Where does the race start?
Both races will start and finish on lower Crown Street, in front of the Illawarra Brewery at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre (WEC).
What is the schedule for the day?
7:00 – Late rego and race pack collection opens
8:20 – Race Briefing
8:30 – Both the 5k and 10k start
10:30 – Medal presentations (approx)
Are there drink stations?
Yes there will be drink stations located at the half way mark and North Beach on the way back.