Tasmania’s largest fun run turns 10

THE Bank of Us ‘Run the Bridge’ fun run turns 10 next year and will celebrate with an extra special event.

The fun run first started in 2010 with one race and 1,268 participants.

The event now hosts four different races and is the largest fun run in Tasmania and the richest 10km race in Australia.

The 2019 Run the Bridge event will take place on 17 February 2019, and entries to participate are now open.

Run the Bridge takes in all the scenic elements of Hobart, with the main 10-kilometre race starting at Blundstone Arena and finishing at Salamanca.

For the fourth time, the Battle of the Sexes competition returns, which sees the female participants start in front of the men and battle it out for a bonus $2000.

Following Lisa Weightman’s crushing course record in 2018, the women’s head start has been shaved back to three minutes and 44 seconds, being the difference between the course records.

There are two new initiatives for the 2019 Run the Bridge event.

The first is free entry to the Betta Milk one-kilometre run for kids and adults who enter before 17 January 2019.

The second is a 13cabs team competition, with prizes for the biggest team, best team name and fastest average time.

Hobart local Dejen Gebreselassie placed second in the 2018 13cabs competition and said it was his favourite race on the national calendar.

“It’s my best race, I love running the bridge and hopefully next year I can do even better,” he said.

Online entries are open at hobartrunthebridge.com.au and there are four events to choose from.

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

Caption: Entries for the 2019 Bank of Us Run the Bridge are now open. Photo credit: marathon-photos.com.

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