RUNNERS from across the peninsula are in training for the Devilbend Fun Run, Sunday 9 August – such as the Haugen family, of Moorooduc, pictured. They have been making the run an annual event for the past four years.
Peder, Linley and their three children (pictured) take every opportunity to train in the Devil Bend Natural Features Reserve area, near where they live.
A continuing aim of the Mornington Peninsula Athletic Club, which organises the run, is to build community involvement, family participation and encouragement of all runners – not just those at the front of the field.
“The Devil Bend Run is now in its 41st year, and once again we are supporting local groups, such as the Balnarring Lions Club and Frankston Men’s Shed,” race organiser Richard Does said.
“Local businesses and volunteers are on board, and returning runners and families, like the Haugens, continue to make our run a popular local event every year.”
Last year 500 local runners participated.
Each Sunday morning the Haugens take a break from their schedule of work, school and team sports to devote time to run together –
And enjoy a family breakfast afterwards.
Their advice to first timers or families considering running, is: “Enjoy every moment. We love the family atmosphere and enjoy running together in the various events.”
Medallions are presented to all finishers, as well as medals/prizes for category placegetters. The Under 10s enjoy sack races. There will be a new Teams’ category this year.
Festivities and warm-ups start 8.30am, with the runs kicking off from 9am.
To enter visit devilbend.com or call Richard Does 0414 341 387.