ATHLETICS Victoria is throwing its weight behind the Portland Running Club in a bid to help continue the current surge in recreational running in the area.
Athletics Victoria’s Club Development Manager Tim Crosbie, who was in Portland late last year for a running seminar, is looking to support the growth of the sport locally through two coaching courses and an innovative running training program later in the year.
There has been a significant boom in recreational running in the Portland district in recent years, with events such as the Portland 3 Bays Marathon, the Winter Solstice Run and the Mouth2Mouth Beach Run all experiencing consistent growth in the last two to three years.
Crosbie said this growth was consistent with the rise in recreational running across Victoria at the moment and Athletics Victoria was keen to help support local running organisations like the Portland Running Club to make the most of the sport’s current popularity.
“I was in Portland late last year and got a bit of a feel for what is happening there, and it is similar to what we are experiencing across the state at the moment, which is a surge in recreational running,” Crosbie said.
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