ALL INFORMATION ON THIS SITE S CURRENTLY FOR THE 2018 EVENT, Details on the 2019 event will be updated in 2019
Date: Sunday October 28 (this year the event is NOT on Melbourne Cup weekend)
Distances: 10km Run, 5km Run/walk & Kids Dash (1.5km)
Start Times: 8:10 - Kids Dash, 9:00am - 10km, 9:05am - 5km
Venue: Serendip Sanctuary, Windermere Raod, Lara
The Lara Fun Run / Walk is a family focused event where everyone can participate. The event starts and finishes at the beautifully renovated Pirra Mansion. The course takes participants through Serendip Sanctuary amongst a spectacular bush setting and plenty of wildlife. The Lara Fun Run aims to provide a great value, healthy, enjoyable experience for everyone, whilst at the same time helping local community groups raise much needed funds.
MEDALS FOR ALL FINISHERS
This year all participants will receive a finishers medal as they cross the finish line. What a great momento of your fantastic effort in finishing this years Lara Fun Run.
Participants will also receive an online, Personalised Finishers Certificate that can be printed out at home. It will have your name and your official finishing time.
PERSONALISED RACE BIBS
Register before October 1 and recieve your very own personalised Race bib with your name, nickname or message on it. Strict cut off date of October 1 applies to allow for printing time. Just type what you want on there as you register.
HOW BIG IS THE LARA FUN RUN?
We expect this years 10k/5k event to attract around 750 participants (plus 100 in the kids dash). The event has enough participants to create a great atmosphere without having to deal with huge crowds on course, at registration and while parking.
WHAT DOES THE COURSE LOOK LIKE?
Check out the maps page of this website to see not only the course map but also some images taken out on the course.
NEED HELP WITH TRAINING?
The guys at Geelong Performance Coaching have put together some fantastic 6 week training programs to help all levels of participant at this years event. Click on the TRAINING Tab above to view these great FREE programs.
RACE NUMBER PICK UPS
Participants will be able to collect their bibs and merchandise at three times. (Note: bibs will NOT be posted)
Thursday October 25 - 5:00pm-6:00pm - Ray White Lara - 16 Hicks st, Lara (opposite train station)
Saturday October 27 - 9:30am-10:30am - The Running Company, 226 Pakington St Geelong West.
Sunday October 28 (Race Day) from 7:30am at the registration marquee
EARLY ENTRY PRIZE DRAWS
In the lead up to this years event there will be 3 Early Entry Prize draws. All you need to do to be in any or all of the prize draws is have registered before the draw date. The earlier you register, the more draws you go into.
Prize draws will take place on:
Wednesday October 4 - 7:00pm - 1 x Pair of Mizuno runners, including expert gait analysis and fitting at the Running Company, Geelong - winner Rod Freame
Wednesday Otober 11 - 7:00pm - 1 x Pair of Mizuno runners, including expert gait analysis and fitting at the Running Company, Geelong - winner Tori Freeman
Wednesday October 18 - 7:00pm - 1 x Pair of Mizuno runners, including expert gait analysis and fitting at the Running Company, Geelong - winner Louise Williams
The Lara Fun Run is a family friendly event with a 1.5km kids dash starting at 8:10am. Every finisher is a winner and recieves a finishers medal. Click KIDS DASH tab at the top of this page for more information.
Secure off road parking is available on land directly opposite the entrance to the event site (Its less than 50m from the car park to the start/finish line!). There is more than enough parks for EVERY PARTICIPANTS CAR, in this car park. Marshals will be available to ensure parking is orderly and safe.
8-12yrs (5km event only) 13-18yrs, 19-29yrs, 30-39 yrs, 40-49 yrs, 50-59 yrs, 60+ yrs
Trophies will be awarded to the overall winners of the 10km and 5km events.
Medals will be awarded to all winners, 2nd and 3rd placegetters in each age group category.
No winners presentations will be awarded for the kids dash. All participants are winners!
Presentation Ceremony will take place at approximately 10:20am
BAG and BIKE STORAGE
There will be a secure (staffed) baggage holding area at the event site. The baggage holding area will be open from 8:15am and will close at 10:30am. PLEASE ENSURE THERE ARE NO VALUABLE ITEMS LEFT AT THE BAGGAGE HOLDING AREA.
There will also be a bike rack facility within this area to have your bike securely kept while you participate in the event.
Drink stations will be located at approximately 2.5km, 5km, 7.5km and the finish line.
We ask all walkers to be mindful of the fact that the 10km course involves two laps, therefore we ask that all walkers keep to the left of the track and allow room for participants to pass from behind at all times.
POST RUN BBQ
The 2nd Lara Scouts will once again be cooking up a storm, to replenish those energy levels this year. Make sure you remember to bring along a couple of dollars for a great feed and support this fantastic local group.
COFFEE and COLD DRINKS
A coffee fix will also be available on the day. Gary and the team from City to Surf Mobile Cafe will be there bright and early to give that much needed caffeine hit.
There will be more food and drink vendors still to be confirmed that will be available at this years event. More details will be available soon.
PREPARATION AND TRAINING
Please ensure you are well hydrated prior to taking on the run and that you have a sufficient level of fitness to be capable of finishing the event in a safe manner
PETS AND IPODS
No pets are allowed in the Lara Fun Run.
Ipods are allowed, however please play at a volume that does not disturb other runners and a volume you are able to hear course marshals instructions.