Go for a run with tire­less Lavinia

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

JOIN Lavinia Petrie, the 2017 O’Keefe Chal­lenge’s Age Graded Win­ner in the 5km Run/Walk Against De­men­tia

Did you know de­men­tia is now the se­cond lead­ing cause of death of Aus­tralians? De­men­tia is the sin­gle great­est cause of dis­abil­ity in older Aus­tralians (aged 65 years or older). The chal­lenges of ap­pro­pri­ately and re­spect­fully car­ing and sup­port­ing peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia is one that fam­i­lies, lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and govern­ments at all lev­els are grap­pling with.

The 5km Run/Walk Against De­men­tia is de­signed to be a fam­ily-friendly and less com­pet­i­tive event, sim­i­lar to the ever-pop­u­lar park-run events. A new course has been cre­ated and will start and fin­ish at the Bar­rack Re­serve oval in the heart of Heath­cote on Sun­day, April 22. Or­gan­is­ers are aim­ing to en­cour­age the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the lo­cal com­mu­nity in pro­mot­ing health, fit­ness and well­be­ing. Times are not as im­por­tant and the aim is to fin­ish.

Par­tic­i­pants will run and walk out of the re­serve and take in the liq­uid am­bers in their au­tumn glory be­fore fol­low­ing the beau­ti­ful McIvor Creek Trail to Shakespere Street. Here, they’ll hit the bi­tu­men for a fast and flow­ing re­turn via Beauchamp, Pohlman and Wright streets.

Or­gan­is­ers have a tar­get of 100 par­tic­i­pants, with a field limit of 200. Par­tic­i­pants will be guided by ex­pe­ri­enced vol­un­teers and will all be of­fered drink and aid sta­tions along the course.

On­line pre-reg­is­tra­tions and of­fi­cial event timing have been in­tro­duced for this dis­tance for the first time.

En­try fees will start at $5 per­son to en­cour­age par­tic­i­pa­tion. All par­tic­i­pants will re­ceive a spe­cially crafted ‘For­get Me Not’ (sym­bol for de­men­tia) medal of par­tic­i­pa­tion at the fin­ish line.

Lavinia Petrie, a world cham­pion run­ner, and the age grade gold prize win­ner from last year will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in this event Lavinia said “aware­ness and un­der­stand­ing about de­men­tia is still alarm­ingly low and the preva­lence of de­men­tia is grow­ing. Not only is de­men­tia the se­cond lead­ing cause of death of Aus­tralians, it is the lead­ing cause of death of women in Aus­tralia. Sadly, it is fa­tal and there is cur­rently no cure. So join me as we run and walk against de­men­tia.’’

All money raised from this 5km event will be do­nated to sup­port the work of the Heath­cote De­men­tia Al­liance to as­sist with the cre­ation of a state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity for those liv­ing with de­men­tia and the Heath­cote De­men­tia Friendly Com­mu­nity Project.

To reg­is­ter to find our more in­for­ma­tion visit www.theo­keefe.com.au

Lavinia Petrie in last year’s O’Keefe Chal­lenge.

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