Alice Springs Running Festival 2017 (NT)

On Sunday 20 August, I participated in the Alice Springs Running Festival.

Its official website states that the Alice Springs Running Festival “is the Red Centre’s pinnacle running event, held on the third Sunday in August.”

The Alice Springs Running Festival consisted of four distances–a marathon, a half-marathon, 10km and 5km. I chose to complete the 5km distance.

Weather-wise, the day was perfect–bright, sunny and no clouds in the sky, with the temperature eventually reaching 31 degrees.

The course was a loop, with a tail and a turnaround point at the 4km mark, around the Todd River. The start line was across the road from the Alice Springs Convention Centre, continuing on South Terrace and return via Taffy Pick Crossing, finishing on the lawns of the Convention Centre.

I was timed by a chip embedded in my race bib. I finished at 55 minutes and 22 seconds–one minute and 26 seconds faster than my training times. This was a pleasant surprise and not to mention fun as I was able to ring a bell at the finish line, that was there for people to ring if they had achieved their personal bests. You can find a picture of the bell below.

There was no finisher’s medal for the 5km participants, which was disappointing considering every other runner and walker got one. While I obviously don’t do fun runs for medals, they’re always a nice memento and I don’t personally understand why they couldn’t have included the 5km participants when they went to the trouble for everyone else.

I highly recommend the Alice Springs Running Festival for any running or fun running enthusiast. The weather, scenery and atmosphere were fantastic.

The Alice Springs Running Festival was the NT leg of my ‘Fun Walking not Running Tour’.

 

Personal best bell at the finish line.

 

 

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