21 August 2017
When the Bayfield family first started the Pub2Pub, 25 years ago, it was very much ‘a Fun Run for serious runners’. It attracted participants who were mainly under-35 year old males (who wore singlets and very short shorts!).
In recent years with the addition of our 3km and 6km course options, the race has evolved into very much a fun day out for the whole family. When Darby Rouse from Mona Vale entered this year’s event as a Family Package with wife Melanie and children Elena (9) and Braxton (6), he made the comment: "As a local resident of 30 years, we've always been aware of the Pub2Pub. But we really believe the family aspect of the event needs to be further promoted so younger generations are exposed to outdoor exercise as ‘an assumed way of life’ as well as a fun thing to do.”
The whole Rouse Family is running the 3km from Mona Vale to Newport together this year… and Darby will be happy to know that the Family Package is proving extremely popular. In fact, 20% of all Pub2Pub entries this year are juniors (12% of them under 12 and 8% are teenagers). 63% of all entrants in the 3km event have taken advantage of the Family Package, 44% in the 6km and 24% in the 13km. It really has become a Family Affair.
Last year, three generations of the Rouse Family participated - Darby and Elena (then aged 8) along with Darby’s mum Jill and partner Frank all ran the 6km event. (And Elena commented at the time: “It was easy”… obviously a future 13km competitor!) This year Darby and Melanie have decided it’s Braxton’s turn to join in the fun for the 25th Anniversary of the Pub2Pub.
“Though I’ve been a local for 30 years, I didn’t really get into the Pub2Pub in its original format”, says Darby. “But since having kids, Melanie and myself think it’s a great family thing to do. It sets a wonderful example for Elena and Braxton in many ways… living a healthy lifestyle, enjoying the outdoors in this beautiful part of the world in which we’re lucky to live, being part of our local community and supporting charity.”
The Rouse family has always been active… both the kids are in Surf Life Saving NSW’s Nippers program and Elena plays soccer. “We’re definitely outdoor people”, says Darby.
“And the charity aspect is important too”, added Melanie. “In the past we’re supported Motor Neurone Disease Australia, Crohn's & Colitis Australia and the Westpac Rescue Helicopters as part of our Pub2Pub involvement.”
Go the Rouse Family!
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