A RECORD 580 people took part in the Keeping Kids on Track Fun Run that started and finished at Kilcunda on Saturday morning.
The event was held on the rail trail, and offered participants various distances from the half marathon (21km) to a 3km walk or run.
One of the event’s organisers Louise O’Keeffe said the event attracted people of all ages and fitness levels, which was exactly what they had hoped for.
“It was great to see so many families participating. It was fantastic.
“We also had a strong half marathon field which shows it is being recognised as a serious event on the running calendar, and the times reflected that.
“We attracted a large group of athletes from the Traralgon Harriers Athletic Club which is the largest running group in our area.
“The word is getting out there that it’s a well-run event, and obviously the scenery is a big drawcard as well.”
One of the local area’s top athletes, Kara Landells was first home in the 5km run. She was going to take it easy and use the event as a warm up for an Olympic distance (standard) triathlon in Melbourne the following day.
But with the line in site, she clicked up a gear and raced passed the leaders to win.
Louise thanked the many volunteers including track marshals and registration helpers, as well as those who came to support the competitors and enjoyed the atmosphere at the start/finish line.
“We’ll do it all again next year, and be back bigger and better,” she said.
Louise said it was too early to say how much money the event raised for local charities, although $1000 was locked in to be donated to the Bass Coast-based Kongor School Support Group which raises funds for a school in South Sudan.
Race ambassador Magnus Michelsson won the men’s half marathon in brilliant time of 1hr 15minutes.
Second man home was Jamie Edwards in 1hr 25 minutes.
Female half marathon winner was Julie Norney in 1hr 31 minutes; second female was Dai Le only 40 seconds later.
15kms Men: Mark Rossiter (1hr 5minutes), Benjamin Bailey (1hr 7 minutes).
15kms Women: Brit Thomas (1hr 14minutes), Diddy Cuthbertson (1hr 20 minutes).
10kms Men: Lachie Connell (35 minutes 45sec), Jonny Matthews (36 min. 28sec).
10kms Women: Imigen Langford (47 min. 37sec), Catherine Wilson (49minutes, 1sec).