A sea of colour swept the city and its surrounds as thousands took part in the annual Herald Sun-Transurban Run for the Kids on Sunday.
More than 25,000 participants ran, jogged and walked the circuits to raise more than $1 million for The Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
People of all ages dressed for the occasion – some decked out as their favourite superheroes, many in colourful tutus and some even in banana suits.
Gail Monument, who walked the short course with family and friends, said the event held a special place in her heart.
“We did it for my beautiful niece’s first born who sadly only lived for three weeks and was in the Royal Children’s Hospital for the entire time,” she said.
“It’s a fantastic cause, we’ve missed it during Covid but it’s something we’ll do as a family and a team together.”
Runners set off under an overcast Melbourne morning sky, making their way across the Bolte Bridge, through the Domain Tunnel and along the Yarra River to cross the finish line in Docklands.
Lord Mayor Sally Capp, who completed the 4.6km short course with flying colours, said it was a privilege to take part in the run.
“Run for the Kids is always such an uplifting event to be a part of, because it brings together community, fitness and fundraising for such an important cause, all in the heart of Melbourne,” she said.
Sunday’s run raised more than $800,000, topped up by Transurban to reach $1 million, and growing the total amount raised to $21 million for the RCH since its inception in 2006.
Herald and Weekly Times chairwoman Penny Fowler said it was great to see Melburnians back in action.
“We’re really happy to be a part of it, it’s such a great community event, everyone’s here raising money for the kids,” she said.
In his first Run For The Kids Andre Waring was the first man to cross the line in 42 min and 28sec, Gamma Maini (50 min 20sec) finished ahead of her fellow female runners and Rich Coleman won the wheelchair event.
Originally published as All the pictures from the 2023 Run for the Kids
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