Yesterday, for the first time I participated in the Run For The Kids which is a is a community event, and its primary aim is to raise funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. You can either participate in the 5km course or the 16km long course. With my brother and sister in law, we chose to run the 16km long course, which has to be the most incredible and epic run for a first timer like me!
The long course officially began at a nice early 7:30am, and of course our day started even before the sun was up. With my sleepy eyes we made our way to the starting line in our colour groups (orange) on Alexandra Ave. I was amazed at just how many participants there was on this day, I was nervous and excited to start the run, you can feel all the positive vibes and energy in the air. Thankfully it turned out to be the most perfect morning for this run, clear skies, slight winds, and no rain. Perfect.
Here is the long course route details:
Long Course start time: 7.30am
Starting on Alexandra Ave, after crossing the Swan Street Bridge, the Long Course travels south on Batman Ave before turning into the Domain Tunnel. Once through the tunnel it then travels along the West Gate Freeway and onto the Bolte Bridge, exiting at Footscray Road.
From there the participants travel down Pearl River Road to New Quay Promenade and then turn south along Harbour Esplanade. After passing Etihad Stadium the course winds along Jim Stynes Bridge, Charles Grimes Bridge, over Seafarers Bridge and turns along Orrs Walk between MCEC and South Wharf.
The course winds its way through the South Wharf car park and returns to the West Gate Freeway via Montague Street.
Participants will exit the Freeway at Power Street and travel Kavanagh Street, Southbank Boulevard, Sturt Street, City Rd-Alexandra Ave before turning into Linlithgow Ave to the Long Course finish line.
WE SUCCESSFULLY FINISHED THE RUN, MADE IT TO THE FINISH LINE!
Prior to the run I was rather nervous about completing the run as I’ve never participated in such a long distance run, as 5km was the furthest I’ve ever done. Walk, jog or run the main goal was to make it to the finish line. To have been able to finish the 16km run, I felt super proud of myself. I didn’t know where I managed to pull out all this energy from, the run felt like a blur but it was totally amazing.
My family has decided to make this a family tradition, which I’m feeling rather excited about. Looking forward to the run next year! haha
Of course after the run we were STARVING! We needed to stock up on those carbs and protein, so to Grill’d we went. Which was also a popular destination for many other participants. Just had to share some food porn shots with you all 😛
I completed my 16km run in time of 2 hours 10 min.