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Running, walking or cycling, Monash alumni take part

Issue 18 | November 2006

Report: Natasha Whalley
Photography: Greg Ford and Briony Schofield

In training: The Monash Around the Bay in a Day team hit the streets.

Monash alumni take to the streets and oceans raising money for charities through community fitness events.

More than 650 Monash walkers, runners, cyclists and volunteers have taken part in community fitness events around Melbourne in the past 12 months, raising money for charities and building kinship throughout the university.

Monash Sport coordinates the university's participation in a range of fitness events throughout the year as part of the Community Fitness Events Program, which was launched by Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Larkins earlier this year.

For many of the Monash swimmers who took part in the Portsea Swim Classic, it was their first open-water swim and most had only been able to manage a few laps when they first started training.

It was the first time a dedicated Monash team had entered the annual event, which is one of the largest open-water swims in Australia and raises money for surf life-saving clubs, such as Portsea.

Light showers throughout the morning of the Mother's Day Classic this year didn't stop 'Team Monash' enjoying the fun and activities to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Monash Sport also organised teams in the Around the Bay in a Day cycling event and the Melbourne Marathon in October.

The next key event will be the Singapore Marathon on Sunday 3 December.