Dust off your joggers and get ready to celebrate because the Sandgate Sunset Run is having its fifth birthday party, and everyone is invited.
To mark the five-year celebrations on Saturday, October 13th, a brand-new event, the Hot Lap, has been introduced where participants run one fast lap around the roundabout for a cash prize.
Event director Vanessa Gibson says reaching the five-year milestone is a real reflection of the wonderful support from our active local community.
“From what started as a random idea in a local coffee shop has become one of the best nights out in Sandgate,’’ Vanessa says.
“It’s been a big learning curve over the five years, so we are pretty excited to have made it this far.’’
The run is expected to attract more than 800 runners and about 2000 spectators and will also feature the two-hour Open Relay, a 40-minute Social Relay, a Junior Relay for 10-15-year-olds, as well as a Kids’ Dash for those aged nine and under.
The afternoon, which runs from 4pm to 8pm, will also feature World Food Markets, free entertainment, a kids’ disco and much more.
“ While we have events suitable for every age group and ability, we get that not everyone wants to run. There’s plenty to do and see for those who want to come along and support,’’ Vanessa says.
This year’s run will be supporting the Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF). The IMF is a health promotion charity established in 2013 by marathon champion Robert de Castella.
One of IMF’s programs is Deadly Runners – a free, local, grass-roots group for people starting out on their running or walking journey.
Event co-director Dean Gibson says it’s a perfect fit for the Sandgate Sunset Run.
“We’ve recently seen a Deadly Runners group start up in Sandgate and the ripple effects are already evident,” Dean says.
“We share the same community spirit and values, and we just love the positive difference that the Indigenous Marathon Foundation is making in communities right around the country, as well as right here in Sandgate.”
Sandgate Sunset Run,
Saturday 13th October
4pm to 8pm @ Sandgate town centre