In memory of…

The KKOT fun run aims to raise funds for local clubs and youth development. In memory of Leslie McKay who was a librarian, and English and Literature teacher at the Wonthaggi Secondary College; she was a highly regarded youth mentor, and an advocate and inspiration to many.

Mission Statement

To provide a sustainable, family-friendly fun run event for people of all ages and abilities, while raising money for local selected charities; to promote healthy and active lifestyle and education for the youths of our community


Our Values

  • Provide an accessible and affordable event for all ages and abilities
  • Fundraising for organisations of the community that advocate healthy lifestyle through sport, recreation and education
  • Continued support for selected charities that support participation and education in the community
  • To showcase the Bass Coast Rail Trail and the surrounds
  • Supporting volunteers and local community groups
  • Promotion of healthy lifestyle through participation, education and fun
  • Accountability for all donations given through funds raised

Objectives

  • To market and promote the event to ensure maximum participation and ongoing support for the event and all stakeholders
  • To raise money for youth and local charities through sound financial management practices
  • To effectively coordinate, manage and support a range of volunteers and local community organisations
  • To work under the guidelines of the Bass Coast Shire and other key stakeholders to utilise the Bass Coast Rail Trail and site in Kilcunda to its full potential and respect the surroundings and environment

Oblectives

Keeping Kids on Track Event

Created to promote participation and unity within the clubs and groups of the Bass Coast Shire. Encouraging local clubs to promote their group focussing on youth development through sport, recreation and education. Since its inception in 2012 the event has been supported by the unity of over 20 local clubs and groups.
Showcasing the spectacular Bass Coast rail trail; boasting breath-taking views of Bass Strait, the unique rugged coastline and the country side farmlands. The event consists of distances ranging from 3km up to a half marathon, all which start and finish at the picturesque beachside town of Kilcunda.
The KKOT event started in 2012, with approximately 150 participants across the 4 distances, 2014 saw that number rise to 600 participants, making it the fastest growing event in the Bass Coast Region. The event runs annually, attracting athletes of all abilities and supporters, all who enjoy the festival showcasing event sponsors and activities for the kids.

Target Population

The event attracts participants with various levels of abilities, from kids and those trying to make healthy lifestyle changes to elite athletes. Past years have seen athletes Susie Power (Olympian) and Magnus Michelsson (two-time winner of Melbourne Marathon, winner of the Gold Coast and Canberra Marathons and elite Ironman triathlete) participate as official event ambassadors. Magnus has vowed to continue as event ambassador in 2016.

Beneficiaries (2012-2015)

Local clubs that have benefited from the past 3 events include:
Wonthaggi Specialist School
Wonthaggi Library Loan Scheme
Wonthaggi Little Athletics
Local Nippers Surf Lifesaving programs (Wonthaggi, Cape Paterson and Inverloch Surf Life Saving clubs)
Wonthaggi Basketball Association
Inverloch Wind Surfing Club
Wonthaggi Underwater Hockey Club
Local Football and Netball clubs (Wonthaggi, Dalyston and Kilcunda-Bass)
Wonthaggi SES
The Bass Coast Board Riders
Wonthaggi Boxing Club
Kipp McGrath
Wonthaggi Secondary School
Wonthaggi an District Netball Association
Bunurong Indigenous Group
Soccer Clubs (Wonthaggi and Inverloch)
Powlett River Primary School Breakky Scheme
The Kongor School Support Group