The McGrath Foundation and Greater Bank Australia have teamed up to bring the second instalment of the Greater Bank Fitness 5km run and Kerryn McCann 10km fun run, set down for Sunday, 2 April.
The Kerryn McCann 10km run was introduced in 2016 as an addition to the Greater Bank 5-kilometre run, which has been run in Wollongong for the past 28 years.
Kembla Joggers founded the 10km race last year to honour long distance legend Kerryn McCann, who succumbed to breast cancer in 2008. Originally from Coledale, McCann spectacularly won marathon gold at 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games.
“She still holds records in the 5-kilometre race… but the 10-kilometre was a favourite of hers, it really was her sweet spot, so its quite fitting that its named after her. It’s the only event that her family have endorsed to be named after her, so it definitely makes us feel special,” Kembla Joggers’ President Neil Barnett said.
A new route will debut this year. Both runs will start adjacent to the WIN Entertainment Centre, and will stretch north to Fairy Meadow and back. Weather permitting, runners should be able to take in the ocean breeze, and a coastal view to match as they persevere.
Local long-distance athlete Reid Gould be among the runners. This will be his second McCann event, and he is excited about the upcoming race and the potential for more participants.
“Even at the introduction of the first 10-kilometre race last year, there was such a feeling of togetherness, obviously all for Kerryn. Seeing this event added to the McGrath Active series only means its getting more attention,” he said.
Proceeds from this year’s 10km event will go to the McGrath Foundation, which funds breast care nurses across the country, and money raised by the 5km run will support the West Dapto Cross Country Park.
To enter, go to www.fitness5.com.au, or you can register at the event on the day.