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Castlemaine NAB 500
Castlemaine Botanical Gardens, Sunday 9 April 2017

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The Victorian Race Walking Club and Castlemaine based Events in Nature are combining once again to put on the 2017 Castlemaine NAB 500 Walk which will be held in the Castlemaine Botanic Gardens on Sunday April 9, starting at 10.30 am. This meet will kick off our VRWC 2017 winter season. Castlemaine is only about 1 hour's drive North of Melbourne and is close to our Ballarat and Bendigo walking scenes and we invite walkers from all our walking clubs to this carnival. NAB Castlemaine branch is the major sponsor and that's why it's called the Castlemaine NAB 500.

Press Release: Castlemaine NAB 500 Press Release.pdf
Flyer: Castlemaine NAB 500 Flyer.pdf

The carnival will feature 4 races, all within the grounds of the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens which are at their picturesque best in Autumn. The VRWC will also give a short public demonstration on the basics of racewalking. First timers, members of the public and any interested watchers can then have a go in a short 1 km walk. All participants will go into a draw for a Be Good To Yourself health/weight management plan, donated by McKenzie Davey Amcal Pharmacy in Castlemaine. Value $350. The plan includes four consultations with a trained weight-management professional and 3 months supply of Be Good To Yourself low-calorie meal-replacement products.

Apart from the NAB and the Amcal Pharmacy, our other main sponsor is The Bike Vault who are agent for Switzerland's On CloudRacer and CloudRunner shoes, Garmin, Endura Wahoo Fitness, Bolle and other makers of sports gear and equipment.

  9:45AM Table open to check in and collect race number  
10:30AM  U18 3 km Walk $10 entry  
10:30AM 50+ 3 km Walk $10 entry
11:00AM Racewalk technique presentation
Introductory 1 km General Participation Walk
U12 1 km walk $5 entry
11:30AM Castlemaine NAB Open 5 km Walk   $25 entry
12:10PM Presentations     
20% discount for family entries of 3 or more members

This year sees a significant change with the major 5km race to run under handicap conditions, men competing against women, with every entrant an equal chance of winning. The Open 5km winner will receive $1000, to be redeemed at Castlemaine's The Bike Vault sports store, supplier and retailer of top brands and products such as Bolle, Endura, and On Cloud shoes.

"It's the Melbourne Cup of racewalking, run under handicap conditions, boys against the girls. Every entrant has a chance of winning. It's going to be very exciting, a wave of top walkers hitting the finish line together."

Significant prizes will also be on offer for the winners of the Junior and Masters 3km and the Under 12 1km.

The first 50 entries across the U12, U18, 50+ and Open events will go into a draw for prizes from Bolle, Wahoo Fitness, Endura and other local sports companies.

Enter at:
Current entry listing at:

Entries open at 9AM on Monday 20 February. Entries close at 11:59PM on Wednesday 12 April.

The Start/Finish line is near the southern end of the Botanical Gardens and is accessed the first carpark in Downes Rd. There are toilets very near to the start/finish line. The 5km race will be held on a 1.67km walking loop which is shown in red and is a flat gravel path, similar to "The Tan" in Melbourne. The 3km and 1km walks will be held on a much shorter loop of 768m around the lake.

Race Course

And why not finish your weekend off after the morning's races by staying for a BBQ or checking out the massive annual Castlemaine swap meet - see http://castlemaine.vic.lions.org.au/swapmeetinfo.

Accommodation is available at

For further information, contact one of

Tim Erickson, Melbourne terick@melbpc.org.au 0412 257 496 
Michael Smith, Castlemaine 
0402 011 503

How to walk in the fat-burning zone:

  1. Walk at your normal pace 10 mins, this burns off blood sugar and glycogen energy in the muscles and tells the brain "Ah, we're going for a long walk, better mobilise the fat cells for fuel".
  2. Walk briskly, your breathing might be a bit heavier, you feel a bit of increased exertion, you may sweat a bit, but you're still able to carry on a conversation. This works out at about 60-70% of your maximum heart rate. In this zone, 85% of your calories burned are fats. High-intensity exercise does not burn as much fat as moderate-intensity exercise.
  3. Go for 30-50 minutes.

Walking is great for the body and mind, especially when done in nature. Great for men 50+ to keep an expanding tummy in check. An expanding tummy in men can cause all sorts of health problems. I love walking in the Castlemaine Botanic Gardens under the big oak trees, their branches and leaves reaching out in expressions of love, giving and protection.

McKenzie Davey Pharmacy
Luke Davey of McKenzie Davey Amcal Pharmacy, Castlemaine, with the Be Good To Yourself range
Peter Grant - The Bike Vault
Peter Grant of Castlemaine's The Bike Vault with the On CloudRacer and CloudRunner shoes
 Track   Trac  
Our course in the Botanical Gardens