Newcastle has been selected as one of 21 cities across Australia and New Zealand to host a simultaneous running event that aims to raise funds to help protect the Great Barrier Reef.
This October, the inaugural run4reef international event will see runners connected across participating cities through large format digital screens streaming simultaneous race updates and live-cross vision.
Organisers will use world-leading timing technology to unite thousands of runners of all abilities across 1km, 5km and 10km fun runs, and a special elite 10km run.
Funds raised from registrations to participate in run4reef will raise much-needed funds to help protect the Reef, including developing restoration programs like the innovative ‘plant a coral’ initiative.
A portion of the funds raised directly from event registrations and peer-to-peer fundraising will go to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and WWF-Australia’s work to Regenerate Australia and protect our oceans, marine wildlife and natural wonders like the Great Barrier Reef.
“Running has been the fastest growing recreation in the last 10 years, mostly because it’s so simple,” run4reef Race Director and Olympian Steve Moneghetti said.
“The sport has always had a simple formula of a person and their pair of runners and within this simplicity, we saw the potential to add in an action, a global climate action. Adding a reason to run not only gets more people involved but it transforms a heavily individual sport into one where people are connected.”
The events are supported by internationally acclaimed marine scientist and leading authority on coral reef science and conservation, Great Barrier Reef Foundation Chief Scientist Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg.
“The science has been clear for a long time – climate change is the number one threat to the Great Barrier Reef,” Professor Hoegh-Guldberg said.
“Acting to reduce global emissions to zero over the coming decade is an absolute imperative.”
Alongside Newcastle, run4reef events will take place on across Adelaide, Ballarat, Bendigo, Brisbane, Canberra, Cairns, Central Coast, Darwin, Geelong, Gold Coast, Hobart, Launceston, Melbourne, Moreton Bay, Sydney, Perth, Thursday Island, Townsville across Australia, and Auckland and Wellington in New Zealand.
The run4reef event will hit Newcastle on Sunday 16 October 2022. To register for the event or show support visit run4reef.org.