They are fun running way back to the 1980s
WHEN it comes to health and fitness in the 1980s, there are a few iconic images that come to mind and for the Heathcote Community Games Fun Run they might just come in handy.
Warwick Capper’s hideously small shorts, Olivia Newton-John getting Physical, blinding fluorescent colours, big hair and mullets should provide plenty of inspiration for participants in the fun run on Sunday with some great prizes and a new trophy up for grabs for the best 80’s costume.
The event is open to walkers as well with distances starting at 500m for the children under 5 accompanied by an adult, then continue on to 2km and 5km walk/run and a 10km run.
Heathcote Community Games mascot Fazzi said there was no excuse for missing out on all the fun of the first run run to be held in Heathcote and on the O’Keefe Rail Trail.
‘‘I’ve heard all the smokers saying they can’t even run across the road to the pub, but since this is also a walking race and there are some great prizes and trophies for teams, perhaps the smokers could get a team together and help each other across the line, since that’s what team work is all about,’’ he said
‘‘If you don’t think you’re up for a long walk or run, then choose a shorter distance and remember everyone who takes part in the Fun Run also gets to take home a special ribbon for finishing because it doesn’t matter what place you get, what matters is that you made the effort.’’
Whispers from the games com- mittee camp suggest local residents should keep an eye out over the next week for the Fun Run start and finish posts to be installed in Herriot St, rumoured to be a unique and impressive nod to the town’s gold mining history and created by Mandalay Resources.
For those who can’t make the fun run, the Camp St races may well appeal with the hospital bed race, motorised scooter race, and the old woman’s race just some of the activities to choose from.
‘‘The hospital bed race was hilarious last year and is a race for teams, but you can always borrow grandma’s scooter if she doesn’t want to race it herself, and you don’t have to be old or female to run in the old woman’s race – you just have to look and run like an old woman,’’ Fazzi said.
The tug o’ war team challenge at Barrack Reserve will also be hotly contested this year with a sparkling new perpetual trophy for the champion team to spend the next year gloating over, Heathcote Health and Mandalay Resources currently the hot favourites, but as Fazzi said the odds could change overnight.
‘‘We have a lot of sports clubs in the region all considering entering teams in the challenge, but we’ll have to wait and see if they’ve got what it takes to beat the miners because those miners are pretty fit and strong,’’ Fazzi said.
‘‘I am also pleased to announce that the Bendigo Braves mascot Tom Tom accepted the challenge to take part in our first ever Mascot Race, so it looks like I’ve got some hot competition for the trophy.’’
Fun Run participants are also reminded there is a $100 prize up for grabs for the best selfie, with some strong contenders already making their appearance on the Heathcote Community Games Facebook and Twitter pages.
For more information about the Heathcote Community Games visit www.heathcotecommunitygames.com.au or pick up a program from local stores, the Heathcote Visitor Information Centre and Heathcote IGA Supermarket.
Participants in this weekend’s Heathcote Community Games fun run could win $100 just for posting a great selfie.