It’s an absolute calendar highlight in the local area, and it’s easy to see why. What could be more Beaches than running along the coast, raising money for charity and enjoying a fabulous community festival afterwards? There are a few new surprises for this year too!
Initiated in 1992 by Mark Bayfield of Bayfield Hotel Group, former owners of the Newport Arms Hotel, the Pub2Pub was traditionally held between the Bayfield’s Dee Why and Newport pubs. The event is now facilitated by Brookvale Rotary Club who aim for 100% of the registration fees to go back into the charities it supports. Beneficiaries include: Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation, Surf Lifesaving Sydney Northern Beaches, Life Education, Without a Ribbon – Rare Cancer Support and Cure Cancer. New additions for 2019 are Guide Dogs NSW and inspirational local group One Eighty (who you can read more about here).
Another new feature of this years’ Pub2Pub is the generous 25% cashback offer available to schools entering teams in the event. To encourage more school groups to enter, they are guaranteeing any primary or high school team that enters will be given an automatic 25% ‘cashback’ of their team’s entry fees to be used for school resources or their chosen charity. The same incentive applies to other teams or organisations that enter with a team of 25 or more, with the cashback being given to their chosen charity.
As always one of the highlights of this years’ 27th Annual Pub2Pub on Sunday August 25 is the Finish Festival at Bert Payne Park Newport Beach, which guarantees a fun day for the whole family. Weary runners can enjoy complimentary recovery massages and replenish their energy at one of the various market-style food and beverage stalls, ranging from the traditional Rotary BBQ, to wholefood bowls, and boutique wines, all while enjoying live music performances from local up-and-coming acts.
Sponsors will hold stalls with product specials, in addition to interactive displays from the charities who will be benefiting from the event, and 4 Pines Brewing Company will have a “beer garden” set up. For the kids there will be lots of entertainment, such as rides and activities, face painting and table tennis. The festival begins as the race finishes around 10am and will encompass a presentation of prizewinners around 11-12pm before concluding at 2pm.
It’s good to note that Northern Beaches Council is reinforcing the message of sustainability for the event with the introduction of a series of waste-reduction guidelines. There are no plastic bags, balloons, sunscreen sachets, plastic-bottled water, single use straws/stirrers etc, allowed for participants and stallholders involved in the Pub2Pub. Additionally all marketing flyers associated with the event must be printed on recycled paper.
Registrations to participate in the Pub2Pub Charity Fun Run close Saturday August 24 at 9pm. You can sign up here. https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=34119 and follow more on the event here https://www.facebook.com/Pub2Pub/
Story by: Jade Fernandes
Images: courtesy of the Pub2Pub Charity Fun Run