Pounding the pavement: Outrun wraps up the athletics at Outgames
A 2km, 5km and 10km outdoor run along the scenic Fannie Bay continuing up to Darwin’s East Point Reserve, the Athletics Outrun was a highlight of this year’s Asia-Pacific Outgames.
The twilight event saw around 40 competitors take part in a friendly challenge for medals as they took in the picturesque harbourside location.
According to Athletics Northern Territory events co-ordinator Hannah West, the Outrun was inspired by a similar New Zealand event.
“The Outrun was birthed, if you like, after initial chats with Olivia Birkett (outgames sports and volunteer coordinator), says West. “We had heard of the success of a similar road race in New Zealand Outgames two years ago. So we thought it was important for our distance runners to provide this option as it was so popular in New Zealand."
West says recreational running is absolutely booming in Australia at present, which provided another reason to include the Outrun in the games.
“I have to say the Northern Territory is going through a bit of marathon run event fatigue at present – with Blood Sweat and Tears two weeks ago, the Mother’s Day Classic last weekend and the City to Surf in two weeks time – so sadly we didn't get the local numbers for participants we were hoping for. But the Outrun's been really well received by Outgames athletes with between 30-40 interstate competitors.”
As the final athletics event on the Outgames calendar, West was happy to see a number of spectators had lined the route to cheer on the runners.
“My marshals have told me there are people cheering on the competitors which is really nice.”