EVERY year since 2002, COVID aside, the residents of Mornington Peninsula have put their running shoes on for the 6.7 kilometre Arthur’s Seat Challenge.
In recognition that people are still trying to stay COVID-safe, the Arthur’s Seat Challenge is being run virtually from 1 to 30 November.
The charity set up to support the Fit to Drive Foundation, started in 2001 by a group of Mornington High School principals following a series of road deaths of young students.
One of the Fit to Drive founders and principal, John Keysers, said that in 1999 road trauma involving the loss of young lives impacted severely on school communities and families in Frankston and on the peninsula.
“At that time, the percentage of fatal road crashes for young people on the peninsula was higher than many other areas of the state,” he said. “We needed to do something.”
“Drivers aged 18 to 25 are involved in nearly one third of all casualty crashes, with road accidents killing more young people than any other single cause,” Fit to Drive CEO, Brad Crofts said. “The Fit to Drive program is unique in that it seeks to coordinate all of the educational road safety resources that are available and to deliver them in a systematic way to young people in Year 11 attending secondary colleges in Frankston and on the peninsula, as well as across the state.”
By running or walking in The Arthurs Seat Challenge people can help to raise awareness and money to support Fit to Drive.
For information go to arthursseatchallenge.com.au