Record run hopes high
HUGE numbers for the 2020 Hobart Run The Bridge are expected to make it Tasmania’s largest fun run for the second year in the row, race director Richard Welsh said yesterday.
A record 3893 took on the Tasman Bridge last year making it bigger than the City to Casino and Point to Pinnacle events.
Welsh said there was something special about the Hobart Run The Bridge, the next edition of which is on Sunday, February 23.
“It’s a premier event with one of the best courses in Australia,” he said.
“We have a great mix of elite athletes and everyday participants, and there’s something about having the bridge shut down once a year so you can run over it.”
Welsh said Run The Bridge’s main rival for numbers was Point to Pinnacle, which starts at Wrest Point and finishes on the summit of Mt Wellington.
“We keep leap-frogging each other for numbers each year — last year we had 3893 and they had 3750 and they will have even more this year,” he said.
Welsh said last year’s Run The Bridge event was the fastest 10km anywhere in Australia.
This year people all over the world can do Run the Bridge’s “Virtual Run”.
“When people enter online, we’ll send them a Hobart Run the Bridge race bib, medal and instructions, and a leaderboard will then run during the month of February and people can cover the distance as many times as they like and send us their times,” Welsh said.
“It’s a new concept, but it’s growing rapidly — 57,000 joggers recently engaged with the New York Marathon virtual series, so we know it’s popular.
“We’ve identified a number of markets we’ll focus on, including the United States, China, Japan, India, UK and Brazil.”
Further innovations include an expanding teams concept, with prizes for the largest corporate, school and social groups, along with prizes for the best team names.
“Last year we had 243 teams. This is the heartbeat of the event, and it’s great to see people out exercising with friends, families or colleagues,” Welsh said.
“As a society we’re getting unhealthier by the day, but it’s inspiring to see people in their thousands train up and do their best on race day.”
Four events are on offer: the 10km Run; Huon Aquaculture 5k Run; Menzies 5k Walk; and 1km Run/Walk. RUN THE BRIDGE, FEBRUARY 23: ENTER AT HOBARTRUNTHEBRIDGE.COM.AU