Virtual Dash Fun Run raises funds for SSMRF

Hundreds of runners took to the streets of St George and Sutherland Shire as part of the first ever virtual Beachside Dash Fun Run.

The event, which kicked off on Friday, November 27, raises money for the St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation (SSMRF) to fund life-saving research at St George and Sutherland hospitals.

Now in its 13th year, the annual Beachside Dash Fun Run has become a much-loved event for people of all abilities, from elite runners to families, school communities and teams from hospitals and businesses in St George and Sutherland Shire.

It usually takes place at Dolls Points but had to be done differently this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, with participants instead invited to complete their own event any time from 5am Friday and 10pm Sunday. However, the weekend’s intense heatwave led organisers to further extend the event until 10pm tonight.

Hundreds of participants registered to take part in their own 2km, 5km, 10km or 21.5km “run for research”.

A SSMRF team relay event was also held on Saturday.

Ambassadors and sporting heroes, former St George Illawarra Dragons player Jason Nightingale and former world champion triathlete Craig Alexander joined the St George Bank Happy Dragon on a 21.5km course, which started at Flow Espresso, at Kogarah, past St George Hospital, across Taren Point Bridge, up to Sutherland Hospital, across Tom Ugly’s Bridge, before finishing back at St George Hospital.

Along the way, they were joined by St George Hospital doctors, researchers, St George Bank staff, SSMRF directors, supporters and staff, and even Georges River mayor Kevin Greene.

SSMRF chief executive Leanne Dib said it was wonderful to see the community throw its support behind the virtual Dash.

“The Dash is more than just a fun run. Every donation and registration helps to support vital research in St George and Sutherland hospitals,” she said.

“We thank everyone who has supported the Dash this year.”

The event has so far raised over $42,000, with a final tally to be announced.

Details: For information and to make a donation click here.