Kerryn McCann inspired athletes across the country when she won two gold medals in the 2005 Commonwealth Games. Ten years later, her legacy lives on in the Illawarra.

McCann, who died of cancer in 2008, ran for Kembla Joggers since she was nine-years-old, and continued to be involved with the club during major sporting events.

Kembla Joggers holds an annual Greater Fitness 5 Fun Run and wanted to add extra spark to this year’s event.

Kembla Joggers President Neil Barnett said the club aimed to create a new race that was a little longer and challenging.

Barnett said the idea to name the event in McCann’s honour was ‘a no-brainer’.

“Kerryn had a sweet spot for the 10km … it seemed a perfect fit to honour it after her,” he said.

The inaugural Kerry McCann 10 will run alongside the signature 5km fun run on this Sunday, 3 April.

The race will start at 8.30am at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre and the money raised will be donated to the McGrath Foundation.