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19 June 2016
It is an amazing sight to be amongst 2,000 other runners waiting for that starter’s pistol to send you on your way, 12 kilometres of road and path lie ahead as you make your way to Gosford.
The Bay to Bay has expanded into 3 races over the past few years; a half marathon, a 12km fun run and a 3 km children’s run for the budding 7 to 12 year old athletes. The kid’s run starts and finishes in the Central Coast Stadium in Gosford while the 2 main races take the runners around the scenic Brisbane Water going from the Woy Woy waterfront to the same stadium in Gosford. So while one parent is pounding the footpath the other can cheer junior to a heroes finish inside the home of the Mariners. For all runners, no matter what the race distance if you can look up when you are running then the view is magnificent, perfect vistas across the bay and all you can hear is the pounding of feet; it’s hypnotic.
Recently the finish has changed so that the final 400 metres is inside the stadium; you enter from one corner and run around 3 sides of the ground with each stride imaging yourself going for gold at an Olympic event. It is a truly magnificent end to the run and as a bonus there is plenty of space for families to watch and cheer their loved ones on for the last few metres of this great event.
As the Running Festival has increased in numbers then so has the amount of money raised each year. All of the profit from the event is donated to central coast charities such as the Point Clare Scouts, Woy Woy Sea Scouts and Terrigal SLSC. Also each year there is a main charity though for 2016 it was decided to have two; Blair’s Wish and Central Coast Kids In Need.
Blair’s Wish helps families with severely disabled children by loaning out equipment free of charge to make their lives easier. Central Coast Kids in Need provide financial help to cover expenses such as accommodation for families whose children are suffering from illnesses like cancer and who need treatment in Sydney or Newcastle.
In 2015 a total of $42,900 was donated to 15 organisations, we are hoping that this is surpassed this year as the main reason that Terrigal Trotters organise this event, as well as for the promotion of health and fitness, is to assist local groups and charities and to help those less fortunate than ourselves.
For more information about the Bay to Bay, click here.
~ Jenny Barker