Information for New Jogalong Starters

Welcome to the ACT Cross Country Club's Women's and Girls' Jogalong.
It is great that you are able to join in the Jogalong and, we hope to see you on the first Sunday of each Month except April, in Weston Park, at least until Stromlo Forest again becomes available.!! The Jogalong is all about participation. It aims to encourage women and girls to do just what you will do, hopefully on a regular basis each week, as well as becoming regular participants of the Jogalong.

What is it?

The Jogalong is a 6km walk jog or run on the bike path from Weston Park to, and along part of  Dunrossil Drive and return. It is a handicapped event, with walkers starting off first and faster runners leaving progressively from higher groups. The course is marked by witches hats. So, look out for the witches hats along the way. It is a challenging course so when you finally reach that last run along the track near the Nursery,  you should feel a sense of achievement. 

The 3km Mixed event

This is for all female ages and boys to 14 years. The course initially follows the Jogalong course, but turns at the 1.5km just before the footbridge, and returns to the Jogalong start line.  This event commences with Group 18 of  The Jogalong.

The Minijog for girls and boys to 14 years, is a handicapped event over 1.6km.

Barrel prizes are on offer as well as medals for the first three eligible placegetters on handicap. The 'Robert De Castella' and 'Lisa Martin (Ondieki)' trophies are awarded at the end of the year to the boy and girl who top the pointscore.

History

The Jogalong has grown from strength to strength. It started informally back in the 1970's when a small number of women met on a Sunday morning and ran the 6km course. From this the numbers have increased, sponsors have been gained and the event is held every month except April when The GIO Canberra Times Women's & Girls' Fun Run is held.

The Jogalong has expanded its focus to raise awareness of other aspects of a healthy lifestyle. Nutritious refreshments are provided and articles relating to health issues are placed in the "Jogalong Jottings", our monthly newsletter - Make sure you pick up a copy at the event.

Why is the Jogalong a Success?

A key to the success of the Jogalong is the emphasis on enjoyment, combined with an opportunity for improvement of personal performance, and links to other running events if you wish to pursue them. 
The only pressure to perform is from you!
There is a chance to socialise with other participants, partake of the refreshments available and have an opportunity to win one of the many barrel draw prizes on offer.

One of the advantages of running/walking for exercise is that you don't need a special place such as a tennis court or swimming pool. No specialist equipment is required besides appropriate shoes, nor is coaching necessary to get one started.
In fact, you can start from your own doorstep, but you do need to set aside some time to fit it into your daily routine. Regular exercise is the key to a healthy lifestyle. If you play another sport such as netball, tennis or squash, or compete in triathlons/duathlons/aquathlons, running can be helpful in improving your overall fitness level and strength.

The Handicap System

The Jogalong uses a handicap system. If you are new, report to the registration tables before the Jogalong begins. The volunteers here will help you establish a handicap group to start in. It work's like this.... You estimate how long it will take you to walk, jog or run a kilometre - or 6km. It is up to you! You will then be placed in the relevant group, according to our 'sheet'. For example, if you expect to complete the 6 kilometres in 30 minutes (that is a rate of 5 mins per km) you will be in group 35 which will leave at approximately 28 minutes after 9:00 am. The first handicap group (walkers) usually leaves at 9:00 am and the last group at 9:35 am.

The aim is to cater for all abilities from walkers and joggers through to elite runners, and to allow you to complete the course at a pace that you are comfortable with. The benefit of the handicap system is that everyone finishes at about the same time. If you improve you will be placed in an appropriate group, so you can measure your improvement. Once you have been to a Jogalong your name and start group (it may change, depending on your performance!) will be listed on the handicap boards. One is usually placed against a tree and the other near the start. So, next time you arrive at the Jogalong simply drop your entry fee (free to Cross Country Club members, others $5adults $2 children, as at January 2005) in the bucket at registrations and check your start group on the board. Your name will be recorded at the finish line and results will be published in The Canberra Times Sports Results sometime during the following week. They may also be in the next Jogalong Jottings.

The Pointscore System

The Jogalong also offers a pointscore system where regular participation is recognised, as is an improvement in performance. The first, second and third eligible placegetters at each Jogalong are rewarded with medallions which are handed out at the presentation. These places are not necessarily the first persons to finish as to be eligible it must be your third Jogalong (without missing two!). Also, to be eligible you must have started from your correct group. The 'winner' takes the Jogalong trophy home and brings it back the next month. Points are awarded to the first 100 eligible participants. A prize is awarded at the Christmas Jogalong in December to the woman who has the best six Jogalong results over the year. It is not the fastest people who win but those who consistently come to the Jogalong and improve their performance.

Facilities

The Jogalong is conducted in Weston Park until Stromlo Forest is again available. Free childcare is available whilst you complete the Jogalong as well as refreshments. In fact, all the family can enjoy the ambience of Weston Park on a Sunday morning. Whilst you are taking part in the Jogalong your partner can join one of the ACT Veterans pack runs which also leaves this area at 9:00am. Your baby can be looked after at Jogalong childcare and your son/daughter can take part in the kids' minijog which is a handicapped 1.6km run open to boys and girls up to the age of 14. There are also barrel draw prizes available for the kids who complete the minijog.

Helping Out

The Jogalong is always looking for volunteers to help us set up, register new starters, take names at the finish and help with the refreshments. If you are able to help out once over a 12 month period we would be very grateful. If we have sufficient helpers you can still run! Please choose a month that you would like to help and write your name and phone number on the roster board.


Our Sponsors

The Jogalong is very grateful to our regular sponsors who have supported us each month for quite some time now. They are the

ACT Government's HEALTHPACT;

Margaret O'Donovan, Physiotherapist, Ethos House, Canberra City;

The Runners Shop, Phillip and

With permission to hold the run by

The Pialligo Apple Yurt

Open February to June, Thursday & Friday 10am - 6 pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sunday 10am - 5 pm.

Dominant,  The Great Australian Opportunity

home cleaning products on display each month, Joan & Clive Glover 6281 3068

Red Belly Black Cafe at Ground Level, AMP Tower, 1 Hobart Place Canberra City,  6257 1889

Baker's Delight , Cooleman Court Weston 6288 2239

Massage by Maria, 6231 4168

Bernadette's Vegetarian Cuisine, Wakefield Gardens Ainslie,  6248 5018

Step into Life

Phillip McGillvray 62472911

 


Where to from here?

If you enjoy the Jogalong and think that you would like to participate in other running events, you couldn't be in a better place as Canberra has so much to offer the runner. The ACT Cross Country Club (ACTCCC) holds regular runs each Saturday over the winter. There is also a series of runs held in the evening during spring and summer. Calendars of events and contacts are available at the Jogalong. A suggestion is to choose a run you think you would enjoy, pay the entry fee (currently about $5) and try it out. If you think you may like to do it on a regular basis, then you are welcome to join the Club or just come along whenever you wish. Just ask one of the Jogalong organisers for more information. Further details and locations of the ACTCCC runs are advertised in Saturday's Canberra Times Sports Diary.

The ACT Veterans Athletics Club also offers a great calendar of events for women & men 30 years and over. It also offers great companionship and social events. They offer monthly handicapped runs, pack runs, a track & field season, throwing events, coaching and more.
You may write to ACT Veterans Athletics Club Inc., GPO Box 2356, Canberra ACT 2601 or ask the Jogalong organisers for further information.

For the kids there are regular school cross country events conducted each Saturday morning during winter as well as track and field events in summer. For further information please contact ACT Athletics, SportsHouse, Maitland St, Hackett ACT 2602. Phone 6247 1504.

Questions????

If you have any questions look for the people at the Jogalong either wearing a Cross Country T-shirt or an "ASK ME" badge and they will be happy to help you.

We look forward to seeing you at the next Jogalong


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