Stawell residents challenged to become more active

(L-R) Shane Field, Dave Kaczynski, Kate Collins and Jessica Cass, in training for the inaugural Stawell Regional Health half marathon fun run and walk in October.

(L-R) Shane Field, Dave Kaczynski, Kate Collins and Jessica Cass, in training for the inaugural Stawell Regional Health half marathon fun run and walk in October.

PEOPLE of all ages and abilities are being urged by Stawell Regional Health to get active in the lead up to their first ever half marathon fun run and walk fundraiser.

The half marathon fun run and walk is being conducted on Sunday, October 5 in Stawell.

"In the lead up to the fun run and walk, we are challenging everyone to get active in September and challenge their friends to do the same," Katrina Toomey, Health Promotion Coordinator said.

Everyone who writes their activity on the half marathon facebook page and tags a friend to do the same will go into the draw to win an active pack, including a pair of 2XU long tights and a pair of Nikes of your choice.

"There are many 'tag a friend' challenges on facebook, but nothing on a local level," event organiser Jackie Peacock said.

"We hope everyone will embrace the challenge and also encourage each other to come along to the event on October 5 to help the hospital."

Even if you are not on facebook, you can join in with friends or family members to start exercising and make up a team. Use the training program written by Exercise Physiologist Nicole Dixon to help you get active safely.

People of all ages and abilities can walk or run four kilometres or run the 21 kilometre half marathon. There is also a team event where three team members can walk or run seven kilometres each to make up a half marathon. All team members run or walk at the same time.

Training programs to walk or run seven kilometres and four kilometres were published in the Stawell Times News on Friday, August 22 and on the Stawell Regional Health website.

"We want everyone to get involved and help raise $18,000 to purchase a state-of-the-art surgical microscope," Stawell Regional Health's acting chief executive officer, Liz McCourt said.

"The event is not only for a good cause, but will be lots of fun and anyone can participate."

The new microscope will help surgeons perform examinations, treatments and ear, nose and throat surgeries. It will replace the old microscope which is more than 20 years old.

"Of course this type of event would not be a success without the generous support of local businesses and community and of course, our volunteers," Mrs McCourt said.

If you don't wish to run or walk but still want to be involved there are many jobs on the day such as handling registrations, directing walkers and runners on the course, manning drink stations and much more.

If you are able to spare two or three hours, please contact Jackie Peacock on 5358 8585 or email jackie.peacock@srh.org.au

To register for the events go to www.srh.org.au or pick up a form at any of the reception areas of the Stawell hospital. For updates and active challenge competition, find the event on facebook.

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