Run fuses fun and fitness for top cause

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser

The HBF Australia Day Fun Run will be one of many events at Middleton beach tomorrow.

The run includes two routes.

The 8km open run is from the Albany Surf Life Saving Club to the end of the bike path, turning at Firth Street and return-ing on the bike path to Griff-ith Street, and back along the beach.

The open run starts at 9am and registrations will be open from 7.30am.

The short run is 4.5km from Middleton beach, along the bike path to a turn next to the Albany Golf Clubhouse and returning along the beach.

The short-run start time is 9.15am and registrations open at 7.30am. There will be prizes for the first 20 runners over the finish line and giveaways for all participants.

Men’s Resource Centre chief executive Grant Westthorp said this would be the 10th fun run the centre had hosted.

“This event is a must-do on the Albany sporting calendar — it is a great way to start the new year by being active and becoming fit and healthy for the rest of the year,” he said.

“This family event is suitable for people of all ages and abilities to get out and enjoy physical activity in friendly and attractive surroundings, and everyone from casual to elite runners can take part.”

All proceeds from the event will go towards promoting the physical and mental health and social wellbeing of men and the local and regional community through the work of the Men’s Resource Centre.

Registrations are now open at hbf.com.au/albanyrun. For those wanting to maintain a healthy lifestyle after Australia Day, the popular HBF eight-week fitness program kicked off earlier this month, offering regular high-quality sessions led by qualified group fitness trainers.

Wayne Mills, who is running classes at Eyre Park, said he encouraged people to come down and get fit.

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