As runners, we have a myriad of reasons for pulling on the trainers and heading out the door in the depths of Winter, the heat of Summer and everything in between.
Some of us run because we want to look a particular way, or we want to be healthy and keep up with our kids, or even as a means to help support our mental health. Most of us are very privileged in our ability to take for granted access to space and time and running gear and information about best practice, and we are able to train for and attend various running events without putting too much thought into it beyond what might fit in our busy schedules.
Running can be so much more though. Most of us know the deep camaraderie of a running event, where people of all shapes and sizes line up with the same goal in mind. At any given event the support and respect between runners is palpable, with the high fives and verbal encouragement of complete strangers helping carry us across the line when we didn’t know we had it left in us.
Setting an impossible goal, working towards it and achieving it can be the one thing that gets us through hard times. Sharing that feeling with others who may not have easy access to guidance and support can be a powerful thing, and that is why Operation Move is joining in to get behind an Australia wide virtual run this December to help raise awareness and funds for The Marathon Project.
For Ballarat and surrounds, we are working with Perfit Health & Wellness to offer an informal group run Thursday December 18th at Lake Wendouree to further raise awareness and support for this cause.
Meeting at 6pm at St Patrick’s Point, you can choose to run or walk your way around the lake, make some new friends and know that you are helping support a fantastic cause.
Registration is $27, $20 of which will go straight to The Marathon Project. The remainder is to cover the cost of medals which are being created especially for the Australia wide virtual event and will be posted out in January.
REGISTRATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY DECEMBER 7th.
You can register for the Ballarat event by emailing email@example.com and we will be back to you as quickly as possible.
If you are in other parts of the country but keen to take part, you can join the virtual event on Facebook and pledge your support this December.
Ballarat crew, if you’d like to get some kilometres in your legs prior to the day, the OpMove Ballarat run club meets at 8am each Saturday morning at the cannons near Pipers on the Lake for a casual 6km run/walk. All are welcome to join in, and we also welcome new members to our Facebook group where we plan free family friendly events for people who want to start moving more and feeling great about themselves.
Will we see you at the lake on the 18th? Or will you join the Australia wide virtual event?