Flinders front, centre (and back) at Fitzy’s 5

The Flinders University Fitzy's 5 fun run attracts more than 1,000 people each year. Photo: Jeff Wray Photography
The Flinders University Fitzy’s 5 fun run attracts more than 1,000 people each year. Photo: Jeff Wray Photography

A fantastic fifty of Flinders runners, naming rights, and an organiser – and previous winner – who is also a Flinders graduate will mean this year’s Fitzy’s 5 has its strongest Flinders flavour yet.

The event, this Sunday from 8.30am at Torrens Parade Grounds, Adelaide, attracts more than 1,000 runners each year, with the proceeds going to cancer research at the Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Foundation.

Named after the South Australian Olympian, David “Fitzy” Fitzsimons, who passed away after a battle with cancer in 2008 aged 58, it has, to date, raised more than $20,000

Adam Bishop, Chief Executive of Athletics SA, who graduated from Flinders University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Education, said Flinders students on placement at Athletics SA had even helped to organise the event.

“As a Flinders graduate, I was very excited to be able to facilitate a partnership between Flinders University and Athletics SA in order to support our flagship fun run, Flinders University Fitzy’s 5,” said Mr Bishop.

“This is a partnership that also extends to integrated learning, and Athletics SA has benefited from hosting a number of placements for Flinders students, which has given them valuable workplace experience to complement their studies, whilst also providing Athletics SA with valuable additional resources.”

Mr Bishop urged anyone interested in a last-minute sign-up to visit the Fitzy’s 5 website to register before entries close at 12pm on Thursday 6 August.

“Flinders University Fitzy’s 5 is a fantastic 5km fun run that caters for participants of all ages and abilities,” he said.

“This is an event that anyone can do. It’s held on a scenic road course with a great atmosphere and a portion of each entry goes to support the RAH Research Fund.”

As sponsor, Flinders University receives 50 free entries for the race.  If you’re a student or staff member at Flinders, all you have to do is be one of the first fifty people to email svpoffice@flinders.edu.au to register your interest.

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