Many op­tions with Hal­lora Marathon

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - LOCAL LIVING -

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.reg­is­ter­­cure/Regis ter.aspx?E=31885

Or, to make a do­na­tion go https://give.ev­ery­day­ 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)..

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