Runners from throughout the Mornington Peninsula are set for a devil of a time as the final preparations are put in place for the 44th Devilbend Fun Run & Walk on Sunday 12 August.
Organised by the Mornington Peninsula Athletic Club, the fun run takes in the beautifully reinvigorated Devilbend Natural Features Reserve and the surrounding rural dirt roads, where runners and walkers will challenge themselves across 5km, 10km or the 21.1km half marathon, with a special magic mile also being run for the kids.
Funds raised from the event will go toward funding equipment for the new Mornington athletics track, being built at Civic Reserve. The IAAF certified 400m all-weather track will be a first for the Peninsula after much lobbying from the Mornington Little Athletics Centre and the Mornington Peninsula Athletic Club saw the $6.25 million project made possible thanks to a $3 million federal government grant and the shire contribution of $3.25 million.
Stage 1 of construction of the track and the four full-sized soccer pitches is set to begin in August and is expected to be completed next year.
Civic Reserve Draft Concept Plan / Mornington Peninsula Shire 2017.
Devilbend Race Director Craig Mahony said this year’s run is crucial in raising funds for the club, which will need to purchase equipment such as hurdles and high-jump mats.
“We’re really excited to have the local community come down to take part in the day and of course raise some funds for the club and the new athletic track – which is a game-changer for our club.”
“Hopefully the weather behaves on the day, and we really encourage anyone who likes to get active outdoors to come down, have a chat to likeminded runners and discover a hidden gem of the Mornington Peninsula.”
With the history of the race stretching back as far as 1975, the last five editions of the event have seen as many as 600 enthusiastic runners and walkers take up the challenge.
Be quick! Entries for the 2018 Devilbend Fun Run & Walk close at midnight on Thursday 9 August.