One thing I love about our region is we really get behind a sporting event.
I love that there are endless options available in terms of supportive events that can help improve the health and fitness of people in our community.
On Sunday, hundreds and hundreds of Newcastle residents turned The Foreshore red for the annual Variety Santa Fun Run.
It got families moving and having fun and supported a good cause as well by raising funds for children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.
Every Saturday, at 12 different locations, people of the Hunter can take part in a free 5km parkrun.
And now, there is another option which may not even involve going outside.
Athletics NSW have teamed up with Greater Bank to offer a free 5km digital race.
That’s right, digital.
They have described it as a “one-of-a-kind fun run” and all it requires you to do is go online, register and complete 5km over the weekend of December 10-11.
It is all in the name of charity too with the first 1000 people to register unlocking a $5 donation to the Cerebral Palsy Alliance by Greater Bank.
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a physical disability that affects movement and posture and is a permanent life-long condition.
It is the most common physical disability in childhood.
In fact, in Australia, a child is born with CP every 15 hours, meaning one in 500 Australian babies is diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
For most, the cause is unknown, and there is no known cure.
The Cerebral Palsy Alliance provides family-centred therapies, life skills programs, equipment and support for people living with CP and their families and sounds like a more than worthwhile cause to pull the runners on for.
You can help by taking part in the RunNSW digital run and Athletics NSW chief executive officer Duncan Tweed said people can participate regardless of their age, location in NSW or ability.
“No one has done anything like this before in Australia,” Tweed said.
“We’re bringing communities from across the state together to be active and support a worthy cause,
“You don’t have to be a runner or in a running group to take part; simply step outside your front door.”
RunNSW recreational running manager and Rio Olympian Scott Westcott has registered.
And although he is unlikely to break a sweat covering 5km, it means people across the state get the chance to run, albeit digitally, with an Olympian.
Register for free at www.runnsw.com.au, sync a GPS tracking app or wearable device and walk, wheel, run or jog one activity totalling 5km.
You can log your activity after your 5km to see where you sit on the live leaderboard ranking.
The Athlete's Foot is also offering $2000 worth of prizes at random for registered runners.
Renee Valentine is a writer, qualified personal trainer and mother of three. firstname.lastname@example.org.