Run club kids ready for festival fun

David SalvaireSound Telegraph
Students from the Rockingham Beach Primary School run club take off during training.
Camera IconStudents from the Rockingham Beach Primary School run club take off during training. Credit: Rick Dawson

This Sunday’s Rotary Beachside Festival will be a special day for Rockingham Beach Primary School’s new run club, with the kids hitting the track for the first time.

The budding athletes have been spurred on by the Palm Beach Rotary and a group of local businesses, who pitched in to donate shirts for run club members that reach their 21km goal.

The club was started by Rockingham parent Kristy Wadley, who wanted to see the kids stay fit while having fun - but she was shocked by the numbers of kids who flocked to the club.

“I had absolutely no experience in starting something like this, but we announced it at an assembly and suddenly we had 30 kids at our first session,” she said.

“We now have about 85 members and it’s just growing and growing.

“The beachside festival will be our first major event as a club and the kids can hardly wait to get out there with their new shirts.”

The run club will make their debut this Sunday at the Rotary Beachside Festival.
Camera IconThe run club will make their debut this Sunday at the Rotary Beachside Festival. Credit: Rick Dawson

While the kids will be tackling the 2.5km run, the festival also offers 5km, 10km and 21km half marathon entries with nearly 400 people already registered.

But the festival isn’t only about running, there is also a range of activities on offer.

The Rotary of Palm Beach have organised a high ropes course, laser tag, bungee run, bouncy castle slide and a whole market of food stalls.

There will also be dragon boats, health services, vintage/classic cars and arts and crafts.

The beachside festival, now in its third year, continues to grow thanks to the winning formula of sun, sea, entertainment and the fun- run.

Over 100 volunteers have chipped in with all proceeds raised going to Rockingham youth charities.

Festival coordinator Kevin McDonnell said the affordable day out was a hit with the local community.

The idea is to put on a day for the families of Rockingham so they can have a wonderful day out without breaking the bank,

Rotary Beachside Festival coordinator Kevin McDonnell.

The future of the festival is looking strong with Rotary of Palm Beach securing $60,000 in funding through the City of Rockingham over the next three years.

The Rotary Beachside Festival opens this Sunday from 6.45am at the Bent St Boat Ramp in Warnbro Sound.

To register for the fun run or for more information visit www.rotaryfestival.com.au.

Take a look at last year’s event:

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