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Run the Bridge goes virtual

ENTRIES are now open for the 2020 Hobart Run the Bridge.

In addition to the introduction of the legend’s club, the 2019 event saw Hobart Run the Bridge claim the titles of the fastest 10km road race anywhere in Australia and the largest fun run in Tasmania.

Now the 2020 edition of the race will see a number of new initiatives, including the all new Brooks Virtual Run.

It will enable runners and walkers all over the world to ‘complete’ the course in their own time, where it suits them, but still enable people to engage in the event.

“When people enter online, we’ll send them a Hobart Run The Bridge race bib, medal and instructions,” Hobart Run the Bridge race director Richard Welsh said.

“A leaderboard will then run during the month of February and people can cover the distance as many times as they like and send us their times.

“It’s a new concept, but it’s growing rapidly – 57,000 joggers recently engaged with the New York Marathon virtual series, so we know it’s popular.

“We’ve identified a number of markets we’ll focus on, including the USA, China, Japan, India, UK and Brazil.”

Further innovations for 2020 include an expanding teams’ concept with prizes for the largest corporate, school and social groups, alongside prizes for the best team names.

“Last year we had 243 teams enter our 13CABS teams’ competition,” Mr Welsh said.

“This is the heartbeat of the event, people who are out exercising with friends, families or colleagues.

“As a society, we’re getting unhealthier by the day, but it’s inspiring to see people in their thousands train up and do their best on race day.”

The recent Sport Australia ‘AusPlay’ survey showed walking and running to be the first and third ranked activities that Australians participate in.

“What the research tells us these days is that people are gravitating towards sports that offer flexible arrangements, such as fun runs,” Mr Welsh said.

“People like the fact they can enter an event months in advance, then train up when and where it suits them.

“That way you only need to commit to turning up once.”

There will once again be four events on offer including the 10km Run, Huon Aquaculture 5k Run, Menzies 5k Walk and the 1km Run/Walk.

In addition, people can complete the Brooks Virtual Run over either 5km or 10km.

The Charity of Choice for 2020 will once again be the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, with a donation being made from the event for every participant in the Menzies 5km Walk.

Entries are open online now until 22 February.

Caption: Participants ready to set off at the 2019 Run the Bridge event.