Running to raise awareness

Lalor Running Club's team. (Supplied)

Michaela Meade

The Lalor Running Club is putting on some friendly competition, and raising awareness while they do it.

Three teams from the club have entered the fourth annual Run Against Violence team challenge – a nationwide movement to raise awareness of family violence by running 1300 kilometres.

Lalor Running Club vice president Kirsty Branagan said the teams, made up of City of Whittlesea locals, have many reasons for why they run.

“This event brings together so many of the reasons we run; raising awareness for a very important cause… personally relevant to some of our members,” Ms Branagen said.

“Working together as a team, friendly competition… and staying active during uncertain times, when many of our face-to-face events are being cancelled and postponed [are some of the reasons we’re running].”

Ms Branagan said aside from the overarching goal to raise awareness and “keep the conversation going” around the impacts of family violence, the running club’s teams will be aiming to beat their own personal best.

“Last year our team actually covered over ,800 kilometres in the 19 days, and we would love to improve on that,” she said.

“Because Lalor Running Club has three teams entered, there is lots of incentive to get further than the other teams!”

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