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.
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
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
||U12 1 km walk||$5 entry|
|11:30AM||Castlemaine NAB Open 5 km Walk||$25 entry|
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.
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.
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, Melbourneemail@example.com||0412 257 496
|Michael Smith, Castlemaine
||0402 011 503|
How to walk in the fat-burning zone:
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
|Luke Davey of McKenzie Davey Amcal Pharmacy, Castlemaine, with the Be Good To Yourself range|
|Peter Grant of Castlemaine's The Bike Vault with the On CloudRacer and CloudRunner shoes|
|Our course in the Botanical Gardens|