World Athletics Championship representative Josh Harris and Tasmania’s current Female Distance Runner of the Year Abbey De La Motte, are just two of the athletes who will contest the inaugural St.LukesHealth 5km Running Challenge.
The race is part of the Launceston Cycling Festival, which will wind its way around City Park on Sunday, November 11.
The St.LukesHealth 5km Running Challenge will be held at 3.45pm as a prelude to the festival’s main event – the Recycal Stan Siejka Launceston Cycling Classic - which is now part of the Shimano National Criterium Series.
St.LukesHealth Head of Brand and Communications Grayson Genders said the Fund was excited to support the festival’s only running event.
“To have the likes of World Athletics Championship representative Josh Harris and four-time Point-to-Pinnacle winner Dylan Evans lining up for this event is testament to the fact that the Launceston Cycling Festival is punching above its weight,” Mr Genders said.
“It is also exciting to see well-known local runner Kate Pedley line up for the invitation-only race.
“St.LukesHealth wants to ensure its members and the Tasmanian community is the healthiest it can be. Sponsoring this event aligns with our objective to help our members stay healthy, get well, live better and deliver peace of mind.”
Launceston Cycling Festival Event Director Rick Fontyn said the festival committee was keen to add a running race that could cater for top-level athletes as well as up-and-coming junior talent to the day’s schedule.
“We are extremely grateful for the support of St.LukesHealth,” Mr Fontyn said.
“The St.LukesHealth 5km Running Challenge is going to be an amazing spectacle for the thousands that will be lining the 1.1-kilometre course.
“We are absolutely thrilled with the field we have been able to assemble, which includes some of the very best junior talent in Tasmania who have already achieved magnificent national results.”
“Milly Clark finished 18th in the Marathon at the Rio Olympics in 2016, and whilst she is unable to run due to recovering from an injury, we are thrilled that she wanted to be involved on the day, so she will be the official starter of the race.”
“This handicap race is sure to provide the crowd with a thrilling race, and no doubt the Lawrence Street hill will be packed for the final few hundred metres, with the finish line right at the top of the hill in front of the landmark peanut roundabout.”
St.LukesHealth is a Tasmanian not-for-profit private health fund that has been servicing the community since 1952.