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Fit & Fabulous: 3 reasons why you should enter a Fun Run or Walk

March 8, 2017
3 reasons to enter a fun run or walk

Want to get fit and also help a worthy cause?

Then you should enter a fun run or walk. Remember you don’t have to run YOU CAN JUST WALK, GET FIT AND HAVE FUN.

3 reasons to enter a fun run or walk

Most people associate Fun Runs with having to run and run long distances. However, this isn’t necessarily the case.  Whilst, there are those who enter because they want to run and run a good time, there are many more who just want to support the cause in a healthy way.

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Usually the categories are 5km or 10km for Runners, Joggers or Walkers.  So there is a category for everyone, even children can enter.

Each year  I look at what Fun Runs I want to do with (or without) My Saturday Sisters.  Some are non negotiable and I will always enter them.  For example, the Mother’s Day Classic which I always run with my daughter in memory of my Mum who died from breast cancer.

Last Sunday I ran in the Mater International Women’s Day Fun Run and Walk and it was so great to see Women, Men and Children of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels participating.  The run is to celebrate International Women’s Day, being a woman but also to shine a light on Breast Cancer Awareness.  I met a wonderful lady at the merchandise stand who is a ‘breast cancer survivor’.  She looked so healthy and happy and was an inspiration.

IMater International Women's Day Run 2017

Ready for the 10k bring it on

3 reasons why you should enter a fun run or walk

You set a fitness goal

I find that planning my year with fun runs gives me an opportunity to set my fitness goals.  I can plan my training around each event and for me I get personal satisfaction of achieving my goal.  I also love the bonus participation medal which you receive at some events!!!  My 90 year old MIL doesn’t understand that everyone who participates receives a medal and she thinks I always win LOL:)

Mater International Women's Day Run 2017

Prepping for the run

You are helping a worthy cause

There are so many charities and causes which we can support and donate to just by participating.  I select the events that are dear to my heart with personal attachment.  For example, I have lost my mother, father and brother to cancer so obviously any Fun Run associated with the big ‘C’ I enter.  Just by entering you are helping to highlight the cause with your family and friends.  Some events also have memorial walls and you can wear a memorial card to show who you are participating for.

Mater International Women's Day Run 2017

It is always great to run in memory of someone

You can have fun

I love the fun atmosphere of these events.  Some participants who have entered just to support the cause and have fun, go to great lengths in what they wear to make the day fun.  There are always the wonderful volunteers cheering us on and providing much need drink stations and music along the way.

Mater International Women's Day Run 2017

Pretty in Pink tutus and plaits. These sisters travelled 2 hours from Toowoomba to Brisbane to participate.

Mater International Women's Day Run 2017

Here are some Sizzling ladies at the start of the run


So why not get some friends together, set a fitness goal and enter a 5km Walk?

Do you enter Fun Runs?  If so, which ones do you like to support


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  • Reply Kathy Marris March 9, 2017 at 10:22

    I really enjoy doing Fun Runs occasionally because as you say they are a lot of fun. I haven’t participated in one for a while because I have been too busy travelling and at present I have a sore back. I’m just doing some walking, pilates and yoga trying to strengthen my back. However once I’m all good again I must get my girlfriends together to do a Fun Run. 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 11, 2017 at 12:27

      You need to sort out your injuries Kathy but maybe a Walk in the GC this year – you never know!

  • Reply Rachel March 9, 2017 at 10:31

    I love this post so much. What an incredible way to honor your mother’s memory by participating with your daughter year after year. <3

    I love when people participate in runs/walks for good causes. You see so many people joining that would otherwise stay home and it really brings people together. Plus it's a wonderful example for children.

    Great post!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 11, 2017 at 12:28

      thank you Rachel! Yes I always enter the runs who support breast cancer and the Mother’s Day Run is very special to both my daughter and I. Something we can share together and remember Mum/Nan. xx

  • Reply Kirsty @ My Home Truths March 9, 2017 at 10:51

    I’ve thought about entering some runs but I haven’t yet taken the leap. I’m keen to raise more funds for ASPECT and RIDBC this year so I may have to get over myself and just sign up!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 11, 2017 at 12:29

      Oh go for it Kirsty! You don’t have to run, you can walk it and you would be helping a good cause.

  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill March 9, 2017 at 11:42

    I don’t think this will ever be my “thing” Sue – maybe if they have one nearby that I could get to easily. ATM they’re all in Perth (at the closest) and it’s all just a bit hard to do for a walk. I love the costumes that people wear – what a great excuse to put on a tutu!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 11, 2017 at 12:30

      Yes it is hard where you live Leanne. I love looking at the costumes. Some people go to so much trouble and look fantastic. It really adds to the atomosphere of the day. I keep forgetting my tutu 🙁

  • Reply Jo March 9, 2017 at 13:12

    Well done to you! I’m impressed. I often see people on Fun Runs and think “One Day” – maybe that day is nearer after your encouragement and this post 🙂 #teamlovinlife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 11, 2017 at 12:30

      thanks Jo! They are really fun and you can just walk. The atmosphere is great and it is for a good cause. Maybe put it on your list for this year?

  • Reply Min@WriteoftheMiddle March 9, 2017 at 16:14

    Wish I could enter a fun run but I can’t run. I have entered walks though! I’ve done the Bridge to Brisbane here – the 5km and the 10km. They’re lots of fun! Good on you – you’re look fab too! #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 11, 2017 at 12:31

      Thanks for the compliment Min. I like the Bridge to Brisbane and they changed the course last year. Everyone enjoys themselves and as you say there are different distances. You can enter any of the Fun Runs and they have a walking category so go for it!

  • Reply Janet aka Middle Aged Mama March 9, 2017 at 16:15

    I’ve never done a Fun Run but I think I could manage a Fun WALK … wouldn’t mind trying actually. Will have to keep my ears open!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 11, 2017 at 12:26

      Yes a Fun WALK is fun Janet. There are plenty in Brisbane. My next one is the Mother’s Day Run in May and plenty of walkers. Most runs have special categories for runners or walkers and different distances. Go for it!

  • Reply Lyndall @ SeizeThe Day Project March 9, 2017 at 20:20

    It’s always great to have a fitness goal and entering a fun run or walk is an ideal event to aim for. I’d be walking rather than running, but the distance is the same! 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 11, 2017 at 12:25

      Walking is just as much fun Lyndall if not more fun. I think these runs are a great idea and if you get a group together it spurs you on.

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit March 12, 2017 at 10:00

    I had a fun run on my bucket list the year I turned 40. I did it. 5km – ran the whole way without stopping. My one and only foray into running. Now that I’ve ticked it off, I don’t need to do it again. I am so happy I did it, I’m just not a runner. I do love a good walk though …

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 13, 2017 at 09:01

      I felt that way about the full marathon which I ran at 55 Leanne. No way could I do that now or even want to. With the Fun Runs they do have Walking categories and they are for everyone. Have a great week!

  • Reply Beverly March 13, 2017 at 11:04

    Great post Sue. I love run/walk marathons. I had set a goal to complete a 5K before I was 65 and I did. I even won in the 50 and older category. Did this with my Son and grand kids. Unfortunately, I had a knee problem and then I broke my foot. I am getting back to walking. I am doing more walking now than running. I will be in a 10K walk/run this weekend for Animal Rescue league with my neighbor.
    I agree that it is great to walk with friends and family.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 13, 2017 at 12:43

      Oh good for you Bev it is great to achieve something we set out to do isn’t it. I hope your injury has improved and you can do the walk with your friend. I love them because they are for a good cause and people really have fun. Have a lovely week my friend x

  • Reply Suz March 14, 2017 at 04:57

    Well, this post brought memories back of training for half marathons. I started and finished doing half marathons in my fifties. Now I enjoy walking at a slower pace 🙂 Yes keeping our fitness as we grow older is important!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 14, 2017 at 04:59

      Hi Suz! I just saw your post on walking through the village and loved the images. I still enjoying running although I realise as I get older I won’t be breaking any records. Being fit through whatever exercise we enjoy is the main thing. Have a beautiful day and enjoy your gorgeous part of the world.

  • Reply Janice Wald|MostlyBlogging March 15, 2017 at 04:49

    Hi Sue,
    I didn’t know you were so athletic. That’s great!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 15, 2017 at 13:41

      Yes I love my running Janice. I started at 50 and will be 60 this year and still going. It gives me motivation to keep fit and active for my grandchildren.

  • Reply Michele March 18, 2017 at 00:39

    I have worked at the registration for this type of event, but I have not done it. It does sound like fun!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2017 at 08:29

      It is fun Michele and you don’t have to run. Just being part of a crowd of people all giving it a go is inspiring. x

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