Northern Beaches locals and Paralympians are coming together on Saturday, February 4th 2023 for the Dee Why to Manly Beach Sun Run. This year, the event aims to raise over $70,000 for hundreds of charities and encourages runners to have fun along the way!

There are 7km or 10km courses to choose between and kids under five years old run free. Both courses commence at The Strand, Dee Why and finish on South Steyne, Manly, taking in the picturesque coastal surrounds of Curl Curl, Freshwater and Queenscliff along the route.

One team pushing their way to the finish line in the yellow 7km start is Wheelchair Sport NSW/ACT. The 20-strong team of people living with disability and their supporters are raising much-needed funds to support wheelchair sports across Sydney and Canberra. Paralympians Lisa Edmonds and Koen Jansens will lead the charge, with 10-year-old wheelchair basketballer Rafferty Stevens bringing his youth and stamina to the team.

Wheelchair Sport NSW/ACT CEO Mick Garnett says their mission at Sun Run, as with all their programs and events, is to positively change the lives of people with a disability through participation in sport.

The team has already exceeded its $5000 goal, which they’ll spend on new chairs for Wheelchair NSW’s under-13 basketball team. Beyond their support of wheelchair basketball and love for participating in fun runs, this outstanding organisation supports the careers and recreational interests of 1200 wheelchair athletes across nine different sports in ACT and NSW. These athletes range from a grassroots and community level to the world of elite sports.

Mayor Michael Regan says the Council is “excited to be working with Mick and his team at Wheelchair Sport NSW/ACT to promote the amazing things the organisation does in our community. By participating in the Sun Run we highlight that when events and activities are inclusive it provides greater choice and control in the lives of all members of our community and is key to enabling all people, including those living with disability, to fully participate in community life.”

It’s not too late to be one of the 5000 runners taking on the Sun Run! Entries are still open for both individuals and teams. Set yourself a personal fitness challenge, whilst fundraising for a cause close to your heart. The Sun Run has raised over $40,000 so far for 161 charities, including RUN DIPG, Breast Cancer Trials, headspace and the Northern Beaches Women’s Shelter.

 

When: Saturday 4th February 2023

Where: Starts at The Strand, Dee Why

Website: https://sunrun.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sunrun.beachescouncil/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sunrun.beachescouncil/

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