MAJOR NEW RUNNING FESTIVAL FOR WESTERN SYDNEY SET TO BOOST SCHOOL AGED FITNESS

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Thursday, 11 October 2018

School students are being encouraged to take part in a major new running festival in Western Sydney, stretching from the banks of Prospect Reservoir through beautiful parkland and on to the heart of Rooty Hill kicking off for the first time on Sunday March 31, 2019.

The inaugural RunWest event, launched by Minister for Sport and Minister for Western Sydney today, is expected to attract hundreds of participants to Western Sydney, with a course meandering through 12-kilometres of the West’s best scenery.

“The NSW Government is proud to support RunWest, a great chance for people of all ages and abilities to challenge themselves in this fantastic new course,” Mr Ayres said.

“This is a major event not to be missed, where we’re combining keeping people active all while taking in the best of the West,” Mr Ayres said.

“Kicking off at Sydney Motorsport Park, onto the banks of Prospect Reservoir and go through Western Sydney Parklands, the run finishes at West HQ entertainment precinct and is open to all ages and abilities, from walkers to elite athletes.

“We’re also hosting a shorter, four-kilometre course and schools that register will receive a 50 per cent rebate on all registration fees, with the money to be reinvested in personal development, health and physical education programs.

“Participating schools will receive a six-week training program produced by Athletics Australia-accredited coaches, a great initiative to improving fitness in complement to other costs savers like the Active Kids rebate.

“We want as many school aged to be as active as possible and it’s major events like these which get all ages of people out and about and enjoying the beautiful natural scenery closer to home.”

Chairman of Athletics Australia Mark Arbib added, “We’re thrilled to bring the first really major community running festival to Western Sydney.”

“This will make a great addition to the busy running calendar and get more people to get out and get active.”