Not a runner? Six reasons to enter a fun run anyway
Spring is when we see a flurry of fun runs and walks of short and long distances take place around the country and if you’ve ever watched a Fun Run you’ll have noticed the buzz, the pride and yes – sense of well-earned celebration as people cross the finish line. (See below for a list of events you can still sign up for over Spring).
If you’re not an avid runner, you may wonder how the words FUN and RUN could possible go together but for most people you talk to after their first run – they just want to do it again and again. It’s not just about the running. Here are a few reasons why you should consider signing up:
1. You don’t have to run!
Many fun runs have a variety of distance options, some going down to just a couple of kilometres where you have the option to jog or walk if you can’t keep going. Worried you might look silly if you can’t finish? If you can’t continue – stop. Nobody will think any less of you and in fact, you’ll find that many people you meet on the day will be new to running events and are there, just like you, to see how far they can push themselves.
2. It’s social
Research tells us if we exercise with others (we call them ‘accountability partners’) we are more likely to achieve our goals. You’ll also be spending quality time together, you will inspire each other and be more motivated to see it through.
3. It’s fun!
They don’t call it a fun run for no reason. The atmosphere and energy at fun runs can be amazing. Many organisers have music playing, entertainment and someone with motivating words blaring over a loudspeaker. People even run in fancy dress and others push prams. It’s a wonderful experience, whether you’re a long-time runner or not.
4. It’s motivating
Most of us need goals to keep us motivated and fun runs are a great goal to have. Most fun runs give the option of getting sponsored to raise money for charity, so not only are you motivated to get fit and healthy, you are also motivated to support a worthy cause. Motivation has been shown to increase when you have a purpose or a ‘why’ behind it. Read our article Find Your Why to find out more about this.
5. You’ll get fit
Whether you’ve signed up for the 5k, 10k, ½ marathon or even a marathon, you’ll want to train and the more train, the fitter you’ll get. The fitter you are, the better you will feel.
6. You will feel great afterwards
Crossing that finishing line with hundreds of other people simply feels great. Not only have you achieved your goal, but you have helped raise money for charity and are a part of a huge group of people all there for the same reason.
Upcoming fun runs across Australia
Run for your Lifeline, 4 Nov, Canberra
Grapest 5km Run, 2 Dec, Lake George
Homesglen Run for Change, 24 Oct, Chelsea
City2Sea, Sun 12 Nov, Melbourne
Carmans Womens’ Fun Run, Dec 3, St Kilda
Climb ‘n Dine stair climb, Sydney
Run in the Dark, 15 Nov; Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney
Glenelg Classic, 12 Nov, Glenelg
Grapest 5km Run, 18 Nov, Langhorne Creek
Walk for Prems, Sun 29 Oct, Hobart
Beach to Bay, Strahan, Sat 4 November
Color Run, 5 Nov, Perth
Triathlon Pink & Fun Run, 12 Nov, Perth
Images: © Anita Welsh Photography for Hobart Fun Run