The Tasmanian Running Events page on this blog receives more hits than any other part of the blog. I get a lot of pleasure out of this; it helps fellow runners to find information about up and coming events. That makes me happy! When I looked at comments this morning I found a request from the Beach to Bay Fun Run to include their event. I did so immediately. It’s on the rugged west coast of Tasmania in Strahan.
Tasmania isn’t very big, this is true. Some tourists think they will circum-navigate the state in one day. It could be done, but it would be a non-stop zoom with no opportunities to take in the breath-taking beauty of this island state of Australia. People come from all over the world to gasp in awe at the things that are in my backyard. How lucky am I?
Back to the Beach to Bay Fun Run. There are three distances: 2km, 6km and 9km. The course is around Stahan’s foreshore. I can only imagine how lovely the course is, the foreshore is just stunning, the colour of the water has to be seen to be believed, it is the deepest of deep blues. The water reflects the impenetrable bush that lines the shore – stunning! Strahan sits on Macquarie Harbour and is the home of cruise boats that will take you to iconic places such as the infamous Sarah Island and then down the Gordon River. As a teenager I was taken on a Gordon River cruise, I will never forget it. The reflections had to be seen to be believed. And of course this is the home of the rare Huon Pine.
Gosh, I’m waxing lyrical about how lovely it is – back to the fun run! (Do you want to come for a visit yet?)
All ages and fitness levels are warmly encouraged to get involved in this run. Judging from the photos on facebook, the event looks family friendly and everyone from the community gets involved. The race is organised by Active Stahan, the motto of the race is Walk it, Skip it, Run it. It’s all about including everyone and having some fun in the wonderful west coast great outdoors.
There is a healthy BBQ at the end with a mini health and well-being expo. I had a lovely look through the facebook page, the event looks well organised and like everyone was having a great time.
2015 will be the fourth running of Beach to Bay. It’s on Saturday 31 October. Sounds like a great excuse to go and visit the west coast to me! What do you think team Quackers? A west coast trip in 2016?
All the best Beach to Bay Fun Run, looks like you are doing it right! Encouraging everyone to get out there and have a go no matter what pace, just get out there and have some fun!
Happy running 🙂
PPS there is so much to do and see on the west coast of Tasmania. From early settlement and convict days, to mining past and present, to wonderful mountains to climb, waterfalls to take in and spectacular temperate rainforest – it would be possible to spend a few weeks there and not see everything. For more information visit Discover Strahan or Western Wilderness.