Many options with Hallora Marathon
From small things big things grow is an apt saying for the annual Hallora Marathon.
Only three years ago, Daniel Pratt threw his efforts into organising a local marathon that could raise funds for Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation.
Four people participated in that first event and now, with registrations open and organising well underway for the fourth annual marathon in December, Daniel expects there could be up to 100 people participate this year.
The event, to be held on December 9, features various distances and options to walk, run or ride, between Warragul and Hallora.
The aim, Daniel said, was to get as many people participating as possible and to raise funds for Peter Mac.
Daniel took on organising the marathon in 2015, inspired by his friend Sarah Porter who had been diagnosed with leukaemia.
Daniel and Sarah were long time friends after attending Lardner Primary School together. He said Sarah went through the wars during her treatment and spent a long time as a patient in Peter Mac cancer centre.
Daniel’s grandfather also died after suffering prostate cancer so he saw the marathon as a way of raising funds to ensure people like his grandfather and Sarah could be given the opportunity to receive optimal treatment.
In the first year, Daniel was supported by his brother, a good friend and his 13-year-old cousin. They raised $1000.
Since then, in 2016 and 2017, the marathon has grown in numbers with more people coming on board to assist with Daniel with organising and registered participants has increased significantly. Fundraising also increased over the next two years with $2600 raised in 2016 and $4600 last year.
Daniel is confident they will reach 100 participants this year and they have set a goal to raise $5000.
While Daniel now lives in Melbourne, Hallora is still home and he enjoys his trips home to family.
“The Hallora marathon is a fun run, walk or bike ride. There are two main goals of the marathon – one is to raise money for Peter Mac, and secondly is to promote physical activity and community engagement,” he said.
Beginning at Hallora recreation reserve, the 42.2 km run and cycle marathon will travel into Drouin via Main South Rd and connect to the Drouin end of the two towns trail. The course then travels three times between the 8km Drouin and Warragul towns trail, finishing at the Warragul end of the two towns trail.
There are options for various distances including five, eight, 16, 24 and 42.2 kilometres.
The 5km course will begin in Warragul and be a 2.5km “out and back” course.
The 8km course will start from Warragul and be a four kilometre “out and back” course.
The 16km course will start from Warragul and complete an up and back circuit of the two towns trail.
The 24km will start from Hallora and finish at Warragul. The 42.2km event will begin Entry costs are adults $20 and under 18 participants $10.
To register for the event, go to: https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Regis ter.aspx?E=31885
Or, to make a donation go https://give.everydayhero.com/au/dan-47 to:
Right: Hallora Marathon organiser Daniel Pratt (centre) is assisted with organising this year’s December 9 event by Emily Pratt (left) and Catherine Swan (right)..