Run the Bridge to host Oceania 10km Championships

ICONIC Hobart running race, Bank of Us Run the Bridge, is ushering in its 2018 event with a new name, logo and championship for athletes to enjoy.

With more than 3,200 participants involved in the 2017 edition, the popular event will once again feature four events for runners and walkers to choose from.

These include the Bank of Us 10-kilometre, Hobart Jaguar five-kilometre run, Menzies five-kilometre walk and the Betta Milk one-kilometre events.

“We feel we’ve got the right balance for the event now,” race director Richard Welsh said.

“The event started in 2010 with just the 10-kilometre, which remains as the serious race and is growing in prize money and stature each year.

“The five-kilometre events combined now appeal to more people, who obviously see the chance to run across the bridge as an amazing experience.”

The Bank of Us 10-kilomtre event has cemented its spot as one of the top 10-kilometre races in Australia, with $5000 awarded to the winner of the battle of the sexes.

Now, the winner also has the chance to be crowned the Oceania champion.

Oceania Athletics president Geoff Gardner said he was excited for Tasmania to yet again host the Oceania 10-kilometre Championships.

“The past few years have seen this race evolve into one of Oceania’s premier road running races,” he said.

“We are pleased to partner with Richard Welsh, managing director of Epic Events and Marketing, and his company as we see what they are doing to grow the sport and attract new participants to their events.”

The battle of the sexes will return for the third year in 2018, with men proving victorious in the past two events.

“Dual Olympian Dave McNeill caught Ethiopia’s Makda Haji in the final 20-metres in the last race, but in the process he broke the course record to 28 minutes 57 seconds,” Mr Welsh said.

“Now the women will receive an increased head start to four minutes 18 seconds over the rest of the field, including the elite men.”

Hobart doctor Henry West, who was recently awarded the Rhodes Scholarship for Tasmania to study a PhD at Oxford University on Cardiovascular research, encouraged Tasmanians to increase their physical activity through events such as Run The Bridge.

“It’s no secret that a risk factor for cardiovascular disease is being sedentary,” he said.

“Events such as this provide people an opportunity not to just complete one event, but to establish regular lifestyle choices to be active.

“With the weather warming up, there’s never been a better time to put one foot in front of the other.”

The Bank of Us Run The Bridge will be held on Sunday 18 February 2018.

Entries are now open at www.hobartrunthebridge.com.au.

Caption: Athletes kick off the 2017 Bank of Us 10-kilometre event. Photo credit: Epic Events and Marketing.