Fun run looms as gift for dads

FAMILY AFFAIR: Race ambassador and former Olympian Steve Moneghetti and son Matthew head for the finish line in last year’s 5km run. Photo: Contributed
FAMILY AFFAIR: Race ambassador and former Olympian Steve Moneghetti and son Matthew head for the finish line in last year’s 5km run. Photo: Contributed

WITH Father's Day looming, great minds again search for some sort of inventive gift idea.

Fast forward three weeks and on that special day, many of us will have resorted to some sort of sweet assembly.

Worse still, a dreaded socks and jocks combo.

Before heading out to buy another pair of Disney-themed boxer shorts or giant bag of liquorice, Sinclair Black of Village Sports has a suggestion.

"I have it on very good authority that this year, an entry pass for dad into the Bendigo Bank Coffs Running Festival might be just the ticket," he said.

For the first time, the Coffs Running Festival has landed on Father's Day - Sunday, September 7.

Organisers say family entries are streaming in for the 3km, 5km, 10km and half-marathon (21km) events, held along Coffs Creek walkway.

"I think everyone struggles to think of something to give their dad on Father's Day," Sinclair said.

"We all want to give him something befitting our appreciation and we want to spend quality time with him, too.

"The event always receives lots of father-son, father-daughter entries, and others suggesting whole families have committed to a run or walk together on Father's Day.

"Last year, event ambassador Steve Moneghetti found the energy to run alongside son Matthew in the 5km event, immediately after finishing the half-marathon, and then went on to do the 3km walk with his daughters.

"There's even a bit of friendly rivalry amongst family members.

"I know and love getting out there and jogging with my three kids.

"We usually do the 3km event together but this year my eldest daughter is pushing for the 5km."

Sinclair says aside from being a ticket to good health, entering dad and the family supports local children's charities.

The Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour, which is a co-organiser, distributes proceeds to family-focused charities, including Camp Quality, Coffs Coast Autism, Life Education and Early Childhood Intervention.

There are also some brilliant prizes up for grabs for fathers who have entered with their families, including one night away at the Mercure Gold Coast Resort and two nights at the stunning Mercure Kooindah Waters Golf and Spa Resort.

Topics:  coffs coast running festival

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