Fun run season will support community

ORGANISERS of three Colac fun runs hope the events can work together to boost runner numbers and promote the city.

For the first time in years, keen Colac runners, as well as footballers and netballers completing pre-season training, can to pound the pavement and support the community during summer.

The fun run season kicks off on February 3 with the second annual Run Colac at Colac Botanic Gardens.

Run Colac, which attracted more than 400 entrants last year, offers runners and walkers a five or 10-kilometre course taking in the gardens and the Lake Colac foreshore.

It will raise money for Colac Area Health, HeartKids Australia and the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Rotary Club of Colac West will host the second event, on February 24.

The club has redeveloped Joseph Paatsch Nature Reserve, on Forest Street, and will use the reserve as the start and finish line for 9.8-kilometre run and 5.2-kilometre run-walk.

The third event, organised by Rotary Club of Colac on March 18, shapes as the most scenic, but also the toughest.

Runners can choose either 16-kilometre or six-kilometre events which will take them along the Old Beechy Rail Trail to Otways town Gellibrand.

The 16-kilometre run starts at Barongarook Tennis Club, while the six-kilometre run-walk starts at Kawarren.

Rotary Club of Colac West president Geoff Iles said he hoped the three events would become permanent fixtures on the Colac calendar.

He encouraged runners to challenge themselves by entering in all three events.

“That would be a real objective. If we were able to have a sequence of events that supported one another, that would be fantastic.

“There are a number of events. How they are staged and timed, we could have those conversations.

“I think it’s an opportunity to promote Colac and the fantastic facilities we have here. These events bring other people in from other locations.”

Organisers of the three events are urging competitors to register early.

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