Inspirational SA athletes sign up for 2017 Mannum Fun Run & Walk

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Two inspirational South Australian sportsmen are encouraging the Murraylands community to join in some fitness and fun at the 2017 Murraylands APEX Mannum Fun Run and Walk.


Para-athletics World Championship athlete Daniel Kirk and Mannum’s own SANFL Sturt Premiership player Josh Dodd are proud ambassadors for the free community event on Sunday, November 12.


Entries are now open and there is a category to suit every fitness level said Amy Loechel, OPAL Program Manager for Mid Murray Council.


“There are categories to suit all ages and abilities with a 3km walk/run/wheelchair/gopher ride, 5km walk/run, 10km run and the ever popular kids dash on offer,” she says.


Ms Loechel said the committee has also introduced a 3km run this year, to cater for those who may be working up to the big 10km event.


Whether running or walking, event ambassador Daniel Kirk encouraged people to sign up and “have a go” and simply compete to the best of their abilities.


After suffering a career-ending ankle injury in 2012 while playing in the SANFL, Daniel shifted his sporting focus with great success, breaking Australian and Oceania records in the shot put and discus events at this year’s World Para-Athletic Championships.


Now in training for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, Daniel said local sporting events encouraged all community members to get active and achieve their own fitness goals.


“These are great events because they encourage people to get out and move. Sport and fitness are a great way to bring the community together,” he said. 


“It’s about finding your purpose and passion. It’s not about finding someone else’s idea of fitness. You don’t have to run marathons, just do what makes you feel good.”


Both ambassadors will be around after the event for meet and greet and signing opportunities and Ms Loechel encouraged participants to bring along their memorabilia or autograph books.


Ms Loechel said the event was a great way to enjoy some fitness and sunshine on a Sunday morning and connect with the community.


“Why not pull out your runners, pop on a hat and bring the family down for a walk or run and then stay around for a free healthy breakfast on the banks of the Murray,” Ms Loechel said. 


After the event, there will be bacon and eggs, muesli cups, fresh fruit and coffee, specially prepared and delivered with a smile by the Murraylands APEX team.


Ms Loechel said the event is a great example of how local community groups, including APEX, Scouts,

Little Athletics, Mid Murray Council, OPAL, Mannum Medical Centre, Mannum Community College,


Mannum Football Club, Skylight and Mannum Tennis Club - can work together to create a positive and fun event for the local region.  


 Registration details can be found at the Mid-Murray Council website.