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(2016)
"Running along the River Torrens"
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I entered the half marathon in this event, a full marathon isn’t something I have committed to ..... yet!! The half didn’t start until 8, so I enjoyed the sleep in for this event. It is an out and back event that starts outside of Adelaide Oval, and then into the CBD before running by the Golf Course and through North Adelaide, before coming back in and running along the River Torrens and next to Adelaide Zoo. It was pretty cool running by the zoo with all the monkeys and then the finish line for all the events is inside Adelaide Oval!!

There isn’t an expo for this event. Race pickup is at the SA Road Runners office, where you collect your race bib - which is self serve so remember to bring your race bib!! There isn’t any extras for your entry money with this race. I’m not from Adelaide and I travelled for this event, so I needed to catch a taxi to the office to collect my bib.

There looked like there were a few road closures around the race precinct, I stayed nearby so i'm not sure of the transport arrangements. I stayed at a hotel (Mercure Grosvenor) that was opposite Adelaide Railway Station, we walked through the station across the foot bridge to the Adelaide Oval, which was a five minute walk. It was a great place to look at staying if you are traveling to Adelaide for this run, it's close to the race precinct and some yummy restaurants for a post event reward.

There are plenty of drink stations along the way with water and electrolytes and some really nice volunteers with snakes! The atmosphere and support for this event is great, lots of people come out of their houses to cheer you along which helps the sore legs!!

When you cross the finish line inside the oval there is a volunteer waiting with your bling!! Also behind the finish line is some water, electrolytes, apples and bananas for some important refueling!!

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(2016)
"Run the streets of Melbourne"
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A friend of mine wanted to enter her first race, and we decided to combine Run Melbourne with a shopping trip and entered the 5km run! The 5km starts near Federation Square with an easy loop past the Shrine of Remembrance, around the the Botanic Gardens and past Rod Laver arena and finish back near where we started.

There wasn’t really an expo for this event, there were a few stalls when we picked up our race bib along with some race merchandise.

We walked to the start line, which had a great atmosphere! There was a great DJ doing a crazy fun warm up. The start line is close to Federation Square, making it easy for those taking public transport to the start line. If you are travelling to Melbourne, there are plenty of motels close to the start line.

At the end you get some race bling, with sponsors giving protein packets and water for post event refueling.

I would definitely recommend this race to anyone - it has a great atmosphere, great scenery along the way and was lots of fun!

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(2015)
"Run for the Reef"
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This running weekend has everything from the junior 2.5km dash all the way to the crazy long 74km ultra marathon event!! I decided on the sensible half marathon!! This festival is in the beautiful Port Douglas in far north Queensland and money from this event goes towards projects for the Great Barrier Reef.

Not being from Port Douglas I travelled for this event, flying into Cairns and then driving about an hour to Port Douglas. I arrived the day before the half and picked up my race pack late in the afternoon on the Saturday so i’m not sure what the expo was like for this event. The pickup was super easy to find right on the Esplanade and was a good chance to check out where the start line was going to be the next morning (right along side the Esplanade). For your race entry you get your race bib and a running singlet.

The start line for this event is probably one of the best that I have ever seen. At 6:30am we lined up on Four Mile Beach for the first 4.5kms on the sand. You will get all types of terrain in the half marathon - sand, road and trail - going from the beach and then running through the streets of Port Douglas and the sugar cane fields. Being in far north Queensland it was very humid for this event, but then it rained for the last 5kms of the event which was so nice!

The start and finish line is in the same area so you don’t need to worry about transport back to the finish line. There is plenty of accommodation around the race precinct so if you are traveling for this event you should be able to just walk to the start line, there was also plenty of parking in the streets around the event if you are driving just for the race.

There are plenty of water stations along the course with water and electrolytes. The volunteers for this event were great from the 6 year old boy who said “You look like you need some water” at one of the water stations to another volunteer who sprayed us with water when the humidity was kicking in!!

There is a pretty cool medal waiting for you as you cross the finish line. There are plenty of great cafes along the beach and a short walk to the main street for refueling after the event. There was an after party event at the Central Hotel on the main street.

This is a great event in a beautiful location and I would definitely recommend it!! If you travel for this event take a few extra days and do some snorkeling on the reef!

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(2015)
"Run Newcastle - 12km"
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Run Australia do a series of events around Australia where 100% of every registration goes directly to a local cause. I have participated in their runs before and I was impressed so I decided to enter the Run Newcastle event on September 13, 2015, where the money raised was for the adolescent ward at our local John Hunter Hospital.

There isn’t an expo for these events, which means more money for the local cause. Race bib pick up is at the local Westfields, for the two days before the event. I am pretty sure you can also pick up your race bib on the morning of the event. I picked up my race bib and free t-shirt the day before the event which was was super easy and quick. There is also a Lorna Jane in the Westfields for any last minute purchases you might need :)

There is a 12km run, 6km run and 6km walk for this event, so there is something for everyone. I entered the 12km event, which start at Nobbys Beach and I found plenty of street parking within a short 15 minute walk to the start line. There is a killer hill at the beginning of the run but then you get a nice downhill run and then the rest of the course is fairly flat running along the water. There are some spectacular views along this run and then you finish at the same spot you started, so no travel problems getting back to the start line. There is no bling at the finish line for this event, however there is lots of food stalls and entertainment for families at the finish precinct. The Bachelor was at the finish line having his photo taken with sweaty participants and Cotton On were handing out bags with a cool t-shirt and visor. Of course being on a Sunday a stop at the local farmers market for breakfast was a must!

I had a great time and raised money for a great local cause - what’s not to love! The awesome views also help keep the legs moving. If there is a Run Australia event in your area you should definitely sign up!!

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(2015)
"Sun, Surf and Running!!"
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This was the 37th year this event has been held and my first time on the sunny Gold Coast! This is a two day event with a 5.7km, 10km and a kids dash on the Saturday and the half and full on the Sunday. This year there were over 27,000 entrants descending on the Gold Coast (one of our most popular tourist destinations). There was just over 10,000 runners doing the half. This event is one of the flattest and fastest weaving it’s away along the water at the Gold Coast.

The expo for this event was at the Exhibition Centre for three days leading up to the main event. I went on the Friday to pick up my race pack and it was super easy, no line and really helpful volunteers. With my race bib I got a small Gold Coast Airport Marathon back which was helpful to carry my gear to the race. At the expo there were the usual running gear exhibitors for you to pick up whatever you need.

The race starts at 6am at Southport, and it was still dark when we crossed over the start line. This is an out and back event, starting at Southport running along the water, and through some residential areas to the halfway point and then returning to the race precinct.

There are lots of road closures around the event on race day, so allow a bit of extra time. I stayed at Surfers Paradise and our hotel (The Mantra) was right next to a tram stop. There were trams and buses to get everyone to the race precinct. The trams were super packed early in the morning before the half so I would suggest getting to the tram stop a little bit earlier or look at catching a bus. Either way there is lots of public transport to get you to the race precinct. Also your transport to the event and back is included in your race entry, you just need to show your bib. I;m sure my bright red face at the finish was enough!!

There are plenty of drink stations along the way with water and electrolytes. as well as plenty of bathroom stops along the way if you need them. There are so many great volunteers and people along the race route that come out to watch the runners with signs and cheer you along!! The atmosphere and support for this event is great!

When you cross the finish line there is water, electrolytes, oranges and bananas for refueling. You also get a pretty cool finishers t-shirt and medal from some more lovely volunteers. There are food and coffee stalls at the finish line catering for most food preferences.

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