THE Keeping Kids on Track Fun Run at Kilcunda on Sunday again showcased the opportunities to live a healthy and active lifestyle on the Bass Coast.
The event itself, involving running and walks at varying distances along the spectacular coast, attracted hundreds of entries.
Local sporting clubs had a presence too, providing support to competitors along the way, and also back at the start/finish line where event coordinator Deb Rielly interviewed representatives on the stage to promote their activities.
The event raises money to support the clubs and organisations that provide opportunities for children, in particular, to get active.
These included the Wonthaggi and Cape Paterson surf lifesaving clubs, the Dalyston and Wonthaggi Power football/netball clubs, the Bass Coast Specialist School, Wonthaggi Little Athletics Club, Bass Coast Boardriders and Wonthaggi Primary School.
“It’s all for one cause, and that is that our kids can continue to enjoy the lifestyle and opportunities that we do today,” Deb said.
Proud sponsors included Wonthaggi Medical Group, Bendigo Bank, Voyage Fitness, RACV Resort and Surfing Victoria.
While the emphasis was on fun, there were some seriously good times recorded at the event.
Fun run ambassador and Olympian, Magnus Michelsson won the 21km event in a time of 1:15:01, eight minutes ahead of Paul Souter while Jacinda Roberts was the first female across the line in 1:28:32.
Greg Porter won the 15km event in a time of 1:02:12, just 10 seconds ahead of Glenn Sullivan.
Lindsay Boddy was the first female home after 15km in a time of 1:11:44.
Brett Franklin won the 10km event in a time of 36:14 while Natalie Sheffield was the first female in 44:34.
The 5km winner was Jack Shembrey in 19:07 while Georgia Burns was the first female with a time of 22.09.
As for the local politicians, Bass MP Brian Paynter did the 5km in 24:53, while candidate for McMillan, Chris Buckingham did the 10km in a very impressive time of 46:46.
RIGHT: The Keeping Kids on Track Fun Run is all about promoting local sporting clubs and fitness, so event organiser Deb Rielly chatted with club representatives including Scott Williamson from the Wonthaggi Boxing Club, between the start times of each distance. N181116
Michelsson stars at Keeping Kids on Track