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Our next Fun Run/Walk/Ride is all about taking in the best of this attractive township on the western side of the mouth of the great Yarra. It may be wild further west, but here it's the dependable clank of ropes on masts; the intriguing aromas from onboard BBQ's; and the company of wild seabirds more travelled than most Williamstown sailors, who are generally more wealthy than weatherworn.
Our February fun get-together is at the iconic and beautiful beach at Brighton. Affluent and hopefully salubrious, Brighton Beach can be enjoyed by everyone and is the perfect place for some Sunday morning exercise. There are kilometres of running, walking and cycling paths that wind their way through palm trees, gardens and open lawns. It's one of Melbourne's loveliest spots and there's nowhere quite like the beach to have fun in the middle of summer.
Event Date: 29th January 2017
Studley Park is quite possibly the best location for HypoActive Fun Run/Walk/Rides. It's truly picturesque, so close to the city, yet with all the looks and ambience of deep bush. It's a lovely spot. It has numerous and diverse paths and tracks, so type 1 exercisers can choose precisely how much of the puffy stuff they want to take on and whether they want a warm wooded workout or a rigorous riverside run.
The final Fun Run/Walk/Ride of the year promises, as always, to be a festive and grand get-together. Kevin Bartlett Reserve is both scenic and central, urban and a little wild. It's the perfect place to join other type 1's for a strenuous workout, a relaxing aerobic event, or just to catch up and chew the lipids over some gourmet diabetic food. Because this is also our annual Christmas BBQ Brunch. Once again John and Kerri Thompson have moved mountains to organise the HypoActive end of year feed.
Last year's fantastic Christmas event
Type 1 John Thompson always leading the way
As Australia gently warms its way out of winter, our second spring social exercise get-together is located in Albert Park, in the shadow of the city, but in full glorious sunshine. Once a lagoon in the Yarra River delta, Albert Park Lake is now the home of many sporting and athletic activities, with plenty of room for a keen bunch of type 1's to have some HypoActive fun.
The Melbourne Marathon has been growing steadily since over 2,000 runners hauled their way from Frankston to Melbourne Town Hall in 1978. It's now Australia's biggest, with over 8,000 people taking on the full distance and over 35,000 entries across the range of events. This year the Melbourne Marathon is doubling as the Australian Marathon Championships.
This all makes for the perfect opportunity for fast-footed type 1's - and those who are not so fast - to show the whole community that type 1 diabetes is no barrier to healthy exercise and strong competition. There's a fantastic range of separate distances you can run or walk. As well as the fullie, there's a half, a 10 km run, a 5.7 km run and a 3 km walk. Something for everyone.
This is the second new location for 2016 and one of the finest you could find. Brimbank Park is my old stomping ground and I used to train here until I'd worn through my tyres. It's an amphitheatre-shaped space, a great basin carved out of the basaltic plain by the Maribyrnong River over millions of years. The brim of the bank on the western side is a full 55 metres above the river - another version of the perfect number. To the east the slopes rise more gently and the great curves of the Maribyrnong flow round thick native bushland, home to a huge range of birds and mammals. There are bronzewings and thornbills, kangaroos and wallabies, falcons and kites.
HypoActive runners, walkers and bicycle riders are once again meeting to take on the high profile, central Melbourne loop - The Tan. Don't let the fact that we're in the last days of winter deter you from joining in - put some spring in your heels and bring your precious bgl's for all to share.
The Tan Track is a 3.8 km track around King's Domain and the Botanic Gardens. Originally a horse track for Melbourne's well-hoofed, The Tan today is one of Melbourne's most frequented locations. Locals, visitors, celebrities and plenty of type 1's all now share the spacious path and its luscious green surroundings. Once covered in tan-bark, the track now has a tan-coloured aggregate surface round most of the BoTANic Gardens, but to this day no one is quite sure how it came to be known as The Tan.
On the very last day of July, avid type 1's will be meeting at 9.30 am (SHARP!) in the car park just off Heidelberg Road for the latest installment of the hugely popular HypoActive Fun Run/Walk/Ride. As always, you're welcome however far you want to run, ride or walk. Just meet up with other type 1's and do your thing until it's time to refuel at the superbly picturesque Fairfield Park Boathouse around 10.30 am.
Once again, HypoActive has formed a type 1 team for this classic Melbourne event. Now in its 9th year, Run Melbourne offers a half marathon, a 10 km run, a 5 km run/walk and even a kids 3 km run (on Saturday 23rd). It's become the community fitness event of the year, with individuals raising funds for hundreds of different charities.
HypoActive always makes sure there are Insulin Injected Engines® singlets creating a big splash and showing not just that type 1 diabetes need not stop anyone doing anything, but that type 1's can compete with the best, whether that means crossing the winning line or showing off the fittest young family for miles. Wear yours in this event and shout to the world that you're an active type 1.