They are fun run­ning way back to the 1980s

McIvor Times - - NEWS - By BRON­WYN LUMS­DEN

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.heath­cotecom­mu­ni­ 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.

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