Fun run on track

AND THEY'RE OFF: More than 350 runners and walkers turned out for the Australia Day Fun Run at the Ada Ryan Gardens last year.
AND THEY'RE OFF: More than 350 runners and walkers turned out for the Australia Day Fun Run at the Ada Ryan Gardens last year.

Organisers are expecting another big turnout for the traditional Australia Day Fun Run in Whyalla on Saturday, January 26.

Last year more than 350 runners and walkers turned out for this popular 5km event. With hopes high for fine weather at this year’s run, and an 8am start, organisers from the Whyalla Harriers are tipping similar high numbers.

Troy Brougham, from the organising committee, said the fun run has consistently seen more than 300 people turn out for the last few years and this had a lot to do with the friendly, fun nature of the event.

“We probably have more walkers than runners so the event caters for everyone,” Troy said.

“We have the serious runners competing, there’s people pushing strollers, runners and walkers of all ages and everyone just having a lot of fun.

“It really is a family event, a good way to keep active in our community and a great way to kick off the holiday long weekend.”

For the more serious there are trophies on offer for the winners in Open Male and Female; U16 Male and Female; U13 Boy and Girl; Masters Male and Female (40 & Over); Walking; Sport Team (the team with the most participants).

Entry fees are $10 for adults and $5 for children and pensioners. Proceeds from the event will be donated to charity.

The event is run by the Whyalla Harriers in conjunction with the City of Whyalla Australia Day celebrations which are held later in the afternoon at Ada Ryan Gardens.

Online registration closes Thursday ​January 24 at 9pm. Race day registrations and race number collection is available between 6.30am and 7.30am in the Ada Ryan Gardens but race-day registrations will incur an fee which will also go to charity. 

Runners and walkers can find more information and register at https://australiadayfunrun.weebly.com/