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The official E-newsletter of the 2012 Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival

Medibank becomes sponsor of Melbourne Marathon Festival
Medibank Managing Director, George Savvides, said the insurance and health services provider was proud to support this iconic Melbourne event that promotes an active lifestyle and encourages participants to strive for better health.

“As a health fund of choice for over three and a half million members, Medibank is committed to investing in the health and wellbeing of the Australian community.”
“The association with the Melbourne Marathon will enable us to continue to promote our core value of encouraging and supporting Australians to lead healthy and active lifestyles,” Mr Savvides said.
Greg Hooton, Event Director, IMG welcomed Medibank as the events new title sponsor.
“We are pleased to welcome Medibank as the Melbourne Marathon title sponsor and look forward to celebrating the events 35th anniversary together.
“Medibank’s commitment to promoting active lifestyles forms the basis of what will be a terrific partnership,” Mr Hooton said.

Run the World with CPEC
As part of this year’s Melbourne Marathon the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre is offering anyone who fundraisers for us and raises $12,000, free flights, accommodation and registration for an amazing overseas running event in 2013. Choose from 20 fantastic destinations. Fundraise $6,000 and you can participate in any Australian running event. Click here to see all our amazing offers and giveaways and to find out where you could be heading in 2013 by fundraising for us. http://www.cpec.org.au/melbourne_marathon.html

CPEC provides specialist programs for children with Cerebral Palsy. CP is the most common physical disability in childhood in Australia. CPEC is the only one of its kind in the world and is renowned for its successful programs of teaching children to communicate and be mobile. We receive very little government funding so help us in 2012 and you could be taking off in 2013.

Congratulations Jess and Martin
Athletics Australia this week confirmed that both our 2011 Flight Centre Half Marathon winners Martin Dent and Jessica Trengove would take part in the London Olympics Marathon. Dent, 33, narrowly missed out on selection in the steeplechase in 2000, won a thrilling battle in 2011 with Kenyan Olympic champion Reuben Kosgei in 63.02. Trengove, 24, won a battle with the clock running a race record 72.37. Well done to both runners.

Gold Coast Airport Marathon – 30 June to 1 July 2012
Enjoy a weekend holiday break to Queensland’s Gold Coast for the annual Gold Coast Airport Marathon. With a marathon and half marathon on Sunday 1 July and a 10km run, 5km run/walk and junior dash races for the kids on Saturday 30 June, there is a race for the whole family. Entries are still open. To enter, check out travel and accommodation and all other event information, visit www.goldcoastmarathon.com.au

Thumbs up for Ballarat
Another former Flight Centre Half Marathon winner Shane Nankervis showed he was in good form for a possible Melbourne Marathon debut this year by winning the Victorian 15km title in Ballarat on the weekend. Nankervis ran 46.02 to edge out Melbourne Marathon regular Geleta Wondwosen by four seconds. Melbourne University star Sophie Barker won the women’s 15km in 52.39 but Kelly Jarrett, who ran 2:5.56 in Melbourne last year, continued her good form with fourth place in 54.53,

Did you know?
Hanny Allston, the 2006 World Orienteering Champion, became the second youngest female winner in race history in 2008 when she ran 2:40.34. Allston, 21, was just three months older than when Tracey Newton in 1997.

















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