Moonee Valley Classic fun run set to celebrate Holi


On your marks and get set… there’ll be colourful fun for all the family at the 2014 Moonee Valley Colour-Fest Run on Sunday, 16 March.


This year, the Moonee Valley Classic fun run has been revamped with a bright new makeover. The theme of the run is Holi, an Indian festival of colours, celebrating play and laughter as an expression of freedom and equality for all.


Starting at the Moonee Valley Athletics Centre and continuing along the scenic Maribyrnong River, participants of all ages can choose to take on the 10km run or 5km circuit.


Plus, this year there’s free 400 metre and 800 metre events for younger runners – so the whole family can join in.


Mayor of Moonee Valley, Cr Jan Chantry said the colourful event is aiming to put more “fun” into the run with entertainment throughout the day, while also strengthening its connection with the community.


“Every year people of all ages enjoy the fun run and we want to make the event even more welcoming for those who haven’t participated before.”


“More than just a fun day out, or a chance to work on our fitness, we’re also excited to be welcoming our event partners and helping to raise funds for their important work.”


“I encourage everyone to get their family and friends together, sign-up online and start training now,” Cr Chantry said.


Portfolio holder for Leisure and Recreation, Cr John Sipek said the Colour-Fest Run will cater for a range of participants, from kids and first time runners to seasoned veterans.


“Running has become more and more popular over recent years, and we see the Moonee Valley Colour-Fest Run as an exciting event on the sport’s Melbourne’s calendar.”


“Professional timing will be available for runners trying to improve their personal best, but even those who are just looking for a leisurely stroll next to our beautiful river will enjoy the event,” Cr Sipek said.


The Colour-Fest Run will raise awareness and funds in partnership with two charitable organisations: Yatra Foundation, a non-government, non-religious and not-for-profit organisation based in Australia established to provide disadvantaged children in India the opportunity to access an education; and the Rotary Club of Essendon North, dedicated to servicing the community, funds raised through this event will go back into local community initiatives.



Moonee Valley Colour-Fest Run


Date: Sunday, 16 March


8am                Registration

10am              10km run

10.15am         5km run/walk

11.30am         800m run (under 12)

11.45am         400m run (under 10)


Cost: Early bird rates (closes 11 March) are $35 for 10km or $30 for 5km. Rates on the day are $5 more. There’s a discount available for family entrants and the 400m and 800m kids runs are free.



Sign-up online at

Published in The Indian Sun (Indian Newspaper in Melbourne)

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