It’s difficult for most people to get off the couch and into their running shoes – but, then again, it’s not everyday you get the chance to hit the pavement with your role model.
Runners of all abilities will join Adelaide Crows premiership captain and FIVEaa sport show presenter, Mark Bickley, for what has been described as Australia’s first ‘Run With…’ run along the Torrens River’s CBD running track today (Wednesday, July 27).
Run With… is a one-off, free 2.2. kilometre or 4.5 kilometre run which starts and finishes at Jolley’s Boat House Restaurant.
The Run With… Mark Bickley is also supported and run by Adelaide running coach, Chris Taylor from Running Domain.
Created by Vic Pisani, the RunGroup app uses GPS technology to help people find, join and create running groups to match their running abilities, timetable and goals in their local area, city or world-wide.There are plans to expand the Run With… project to not only other Australian cities, but the world.
“It’s all about giving people the chance to, not only meet, but run with personalities from the sporting, media, music, TV and political world who love to run,” Vic says.
“Role models influence us in many ways so we thought it would be great to harness their power for good by motivating people to reboot or start a healthy lifestyle through running,” he adds.
For Mark Bickley, the great thing about running is “you don’t need to be an athlete to gain serious physical and psychological benefits”.
“We’re literally born to run. It requires no skills and you don’t have to be fast to benefit from it… if running with a role model can inspire people to attempt their first run or return to running, then I’m all for it,” Mark says.
Adelaide’s next Run With… will be announced on the RunGroup app and Facebook page.