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Step out to Run the Beaches

FIVE hundred fun runners are set to hit the Eastern Shore sand in March when the Lions Club of Clarence’s Bendigo Bank Run the Beaches fun run and walk returns.

The family-friendly frolic will return on Sunday 3 March after last year’s inaugural event proved a huge success, with more than 300 people taking to the picturesque foreshore of Bellerive and Howrah beaches.

This year’s five-kilometre run/walk course will again take participants along Bellerive and Howrah beaches, before looping back to finish in the Bellerive Beach playground park.

There’s also a two-kilometre event along Bellerive Beach for kids, and a 50-metre dash for children with disabilities and toddlers.

Volunteers will be on hand this year to assist with getting prams on and off the sand.

Run the Beaches will also feature a fitness and wellbeing Community Expo in the park, complete with interactive displays, a jumping castle, face painting and food vans.

The expo gives local sporting clubs and community organisations the opportunity to promote the health and wellness services they provide in the Clarence municipality.

Run the Beaches is also helping empower Tasmanian children who cannot walk unassisted, with all proceeds from the event to be donated to the Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation (www.alcmf.lions.org.au).

The ALCMF raises funds used to purchase mobility devices for children living with conditions like cerebral palsy, allowing them to get out of their wheelchairs and onto their feet, able to walk, explore, play, work and socialise.

Last year’s Run the Beaches raised more than $3000 for the ALCMF and that figure should be easily eclipsed this year, with organisers hoping upwards of 500 people will take part.

Bendigo Bank has again come on board as the event’s premium sponsor, with Bendigo Bank manager Louise Dine recently presenting Lions Club of Clarence president Christine Tileyard and event ambassador Stephanie Pope with a cheque for $1,500.

“They are really happy to be involved in something that is so community-minded and supports a really good Foundation, as well as be part of the Lions ethos of helping people in our community,” Clarence Lions project manager Beth Kennelly said.

“They thought it was a very good fit for them.”

To sign up to Run the Beaches or exhibit at the Health and Wellness Expo, email clarencelionsfunrun@gmail.com or visit the Run the Beaches Facebook page.

Participants can also register from 8.30am on the day.

Caption: From left, Lions Club of Clarence project manager Beth Kennelly, club president Christine Tileyard, Debra Pope, event ambassador Stephanie Pope and Bendigo Bank manager Louise Dine.