If you feel like setting yourself, your friends and family a healthy challenge – say a 3km, 5km or 10km challenge – why not get involved in this upcoming fun run/walk taking place on Sunday 19th June?
The Fit Kids Community Fun Run Walk, now in its second year, is a fundraising event run by the Camp Hill State Infants and Primary School Parents & Citizens Association. The course is along the Bulimba Creek Bikeway, starting at the Carindale Recreation Reserve and then heading towards Minnippi Parklands – a fairly flat route with some gentle inclines.
I spoke to the school’s P & C Association President Alison Blacker about the event.
Alison says the community fun run came about following a suggestion from a group of mums who are also keen fun-runners.
“And so we set ourselves the daunting challenge of organising our first fun run walk last year,” she said.
“We sold the event as a healthy and active alternative to a school fete and targeted both the running community, by providing a 10km and 5km event with electronic timing, and school families with the family walk and other activities.”
Alison says the event offers a great opportunity for parents and kids to run and walk together. It’s also, she says, a great motivator for those wanting to do their first 10km or 5km run or a fun training run for anyone planning to do the Bridge to Brisbane.
In last year’s event they had close to 500 participants including about 150 runners, a great result for a first time event. This year, for many groups and events, it has understandably been a lot harder to fundraise and obtain sponsor support. They are hoping to boost the number of participants to help raise more money for this event.
They raised around $14,000 and bought two new interactive whiteboards for the school from last year’s event. Andy Jeffery from AJ Fitness is a sponsor and also helped them with planning the event. Alison said all their hard work and detailed planning paid off and they received great feedback from the runners, many of whom had no connection to the school.
The sponsors are:
- AJ Fitness – free training sessions to registered participants
- Curves Carindale/Carina – Sandy from Curves will also be there on the day with give-aways
- Commonwealth Bank
- Carina Leagues Club
- Cr Shayne Sutton Councillor for Morningside Ward through the Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative fund (All Councillors are given funds to support local projects, such as, community activities, minor building works, help build stronger communities in Brisbane, such as, improving park facilities and community facilities. Each Ward Councillor looks after their own local funds)
They also have in-kind support from Life. Be In it who will be running free games, activities and facepainting. Farmers Direct will be giving away fruit at the finish line. There will also be a coffee van and drinks stall. Water stations will be provided along the course.
Steve Kilburn MP and his team will be running a sausage sizzle on behalf of the school. Steve says that the P & C Association is a vital part of every school community and fund raising events such as this allows them to provide facilities and resources that the school recognises as important to them.
“Parents and the local community can identify their school’s priorities and have the power to make decisions about the school’s immediate or longer-term needs,” Steve says.
“The Fit Kids Community Fun Run promotes a healthy living message through a family, fun and fitness event. I visit schools throughout the electorate regularly and see the benefits provided by P & C Associations and their fund raising campaigns.”
“I am very happy to be associated with the Camp Hill State School Fun Run again this year and look forward to cooking the barbeque for the hungry walkers and their supporters,” Steve says.
Running and fitness
Andy Jeffery of A.J. Fitness (a sponsor of the event), head trainer and certified distance running coach, is encouraging people who are new to running to treat it like the start of their lifelong health and fitness journey. He’s also provided us with some great practical help and advice.
“When preparing for your first fun run, the biggest mistake people make is increasing the weekly mileage of their training too quickly. So instead of just slogging it out mile after mile on the streets, the smarter approach is to include a lot of variety in your training plan,” Andy says.
“So that means doing things like shorter faster interval training and making use of cross training activities like boxing or circuit training to increase your fitness while avoiding those all too common overuse injures that most runners know all too well.”
All entrants in this event are able to attend a tailored fitness and running coaching program run by Andy through A.J. Fitness. Your fun run/walk registration receipt entitles you to a personal 1-on-1 assessment of your fitness needs including diet assessment, a group running training session per week (Saturday mornings 6:30am to 7:30am) with distances to suit all abilities, one group PT session per week and attendance at one of AJ’s running coaching clinics.
“If you train smart and seek out some good advice on stretching and complementary strength training you’ll be crossing that finish line on June 19th with your knees and hips in better shape than they have ever been,” Andy says.
Fit Kids Community Fun Run Walk:
When: Sunday 19th June 2011
Where: Carindale Recreation Reserve, Cadogan St, Carindale
Early Bird Entries for the event close at 11.59pm Wednesday 8th June 2011. Late entries will attract an additional fee of $5. Online entries close 11.59pm Wednesday 15th June 2011. You can enter on the day of the event but all on the day entrants will be untimed and will not be part of official results.
Entry Fees (before 8th June): 10km – $25 ,5km – $20 ,3km – $10 (under 6 free)
Late entries: 10km – $30, 5km – $25, 3km – $15 (under 6 free)
Timetable of Events:
Registration from 7.00am.
8am: 10km Fun Run Start | 8.15am: 5km Fun Run Start | 9am: 3km Walk Start
9.30am: Official Timing Ends
Hard copy entry forms are available from Camp Hill State Infants and Primary School office at 676 Old Cleveland Rd, Camp Hill.
So will you be participating in this event? Join in the conversation in the comments section below.