Merimbula Fun Run building momentum

Family affair: Chloe, Trudi, Harry and Brett Jennings of Merimbula were out in force to contest the Merimbula Fun Run last year.

Family affair: Chloe, Trudi, Harry and Brett Jennings of Merimbula were out in force to contest the Merimbula Fun Run last year.

There are already hundreds of entries for the Merimbula Fun Run on May 28, but still time to get your name down. 

Event organiser Donella Roberts said online entries would stay open until Friday, May 26, but you can register in person ahead of the events on the day. 

She said with the introduction of a special two-kilometre kids’ course, the Fun Run was fully family focused this year. 

“We’re very excited about the launch of the kids’ run this year, it means we’ve got everyone covered and it’s helping build the family day,” she said. 

“It’s professionally timed so you get your exact time, every finisher receives a special medal and we’ll have coffee and catering there on the day so it’s a fantastic family atmosphere.

“And the view for the runners is wonderful, all the courses are lakeside and we’ve got road closures on the day so you have room to move and can appreciate the view.”

The Fun Run includes a 10km Open event that launches from Merimbula’s Ford Park and will loop right out to the Merimbula Wharf and back again. 

The five-kilometre event will follow the same path, but has a return point along beach street, while the shorter kids event will loop fishpen before returning to Ford Park. 

“The race times are staggered so the very-competitive can contest both the 10km and 5km, but also some of the parents will be able to head out with their youngsters on the 2km events,” Ms Roberts said. 

The 10km event will head off at 8am, before the 5km event at 9am and the kids’ dash at 9.45am.

Ms Roberts said the Fun Run was a great family outing and commended the community for rallying behind the event.

“Events like the Fun Run can’t go ahead without the amazing support we get from the community and volunteers,” she said. 

The run has also drawn interest from some star runners, including previous winner and Olympian Martin Dent and Ms Roberts said there were a few big names already showing interest.

You can register online at sapphirecoastrunners.com.au/merimbulafunrun.

“Come and join us for a fun morning and we hope to see you all there.”

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