Australian Running Convention 2014

Melbourne hosts unique event featuring world famous runners

Melbourne is the running mecca of Australia, with physical and mental health being the real winners. So it’s no surprise to discover that the Park, Albert Park, Melbourne will play host to the inaugural Australian Running Convention.

To be held from 9.30am to 4pm on Saturday 6th September, the Australian Running Convention (ARC14)  boasts a truly unique day program, providing an entertaining and educational day for runners of all types and levels and is open to the public.

The Victorian Running Network’s Tim Crosbie says one of the most beneficial aspects of the sport is the general improvement in lifestyle for participants. “They tend to eat more healthily, they lose weight and they give up bad habits in order to perform at a better level each week,” he says.

ARC14 comprises a full day of 4 seminars in a chat-show style hosted by Trail Runner Magazine editor Chris Ord) and 7 workshops. Topics include Physiotherapy, Sports Psychology, Coaching, Yoga, Strength, Meals On The Run, How to Take Cool Running Photos Using Your Mobile Phone and other unique sessions to support runners of all types and levels.

The feature session, ‘Fight or Flight’ sees Runner’s World Magazine editor Lisa Homes interview four inspirational runners who have overcome adversity through running, including Tristan Miller (52 Marathons in 52 Days), Kelly Hetherington (Olympic hopeful and 2013 Australian 800m champion), Brendan Davies (AU Ultra Runner of the Year 2012) and NZ Half Marathon champion Oska Inkster-Baynes.

ARC14 emcee, Richard Bowles, Melbourne’s record-breaking adventure runner, often compared to a hybrid of Bear Grylls and Forrest Gump, says “ARC14 is the new kid on the block but slots in perfectly with Melbourne’s other prestigious running events such as Run 4 The Kids and Melbourne Marathon. It’s exciting to be part of an event that brings runners together in such a supportive, non-competitive event, where beginner runners are rubbing shoulders with world record holders, and ultra-marathoners”.

ARC14  will be attended by Pat Farmer (Pole to Pole and recent Middle East Peace Run) and Pink Mum “Janet” from season 8 Biggest Loser Australia.

An extensive expo of local and interstate running companies, events, groups and clubs will offer guests the opportunity to seek out information on the very best products and services available. The main event partner is Flight Centre Active Travel. Healthy food options will be provided all day within the venue.

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