The O’Keefe Challenge is back bigger and better than ever — with something for everyone

April 18, 2018

Competitors stop for a drink at one of the stations.

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Sarah Jalim taking part in last year's O'Keefe Marathon.

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THE O’Keefe Challenge is more than just a race — it celebrates fitness, nature and the community spirit of the Heathcote region.

Bring your friends, family or club and spend a weekend experiencing the best of Heathcote.

Follow the spectacular O’Keefe Rail Trail from Bendigo to Heathcote as it weaves its way through bushland, open fields and farms, and past Lake Eppalock.

Thinking about the 10km or 5km? Explore the beautiful McIvor Creek, run or walk through a pine forest and take in the ambience of the liquid ambers in their autumn glory.

Entries close at midnight today for the Marathon, Ekiden Relay and Half Marathon events.

All other events can be entered on the day at Barrack Reserve, High St, Heathcote.

Connally’s Real Estate 5km Run/Walk Against Dementia

THE Connally’s Real Estate 5km Run/Walk Against Dementia is designed to be a family-friendly event similar to the ever-popular park run. A new course has been created and will start and finish at the Barrack Reserve oval.

All money raised from this event will be donated to support the work of the Heathcote Dementia Alliance to assist with the creation of a state-of-the-art facility for those living with dementia and the Heathcote Dementia Friendly Community Project.

Family Events and Activities

FOR the first time, runners and walkers in the O’Keefe Challenge will cross the finish line at Barrack Reserve, in the heart of Heathcote, and when they arrive there will be a festival in full swing.

In addition to the Heathcote Lions Market and Village Green area for local wine and craft beer tastings, there will be free events provided by Kelly Sports, Show Off Entertainment and an eight-metre high rock climbing wall.

Community Games

THIS year’s Lions 1km Schools Challenge is for primary school aged children to represent their school in a quest to win the Lions Schools Challenge perpetual shield.

The Lion’s 500m Superheroes Dash will provide an energetic final on the oval and it’s one you don’t want to miss! This is for kids five and under to dress up as their favourite superheroes. Mums, dads and friends are welcome to participate alongside their children, too.

The Wenlock Tribute Race aims to honour women in sport. Participants are welcome to enter on the day and dress up and represent a favourite woman sports star and run a lap around our beautiful Barrack Reserve oval. This will be held immediately after presentations.

Male or female participants are welcome, as long as they are registered and showing they are honouring a woman in sport, past or present. This is your opportunity to win a pound of tea, and pay homage to Dr William Penny Brookes, founder of the Wenlock Olympian Games, and the inspiration for the Olympics. Brookes was a great believer in the benefits of sport for both men and women.

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