At Batemans Bay, there are various routes for running, whether the pursuit is simply for pleasure, fitness, or training for competitive events. Different routes have varied challenges, from the fairly easy to the more difficult ones involving ascents. Some of the routes are in a hilly, mountainous area with dramatic landscape all around. Others look over the sea, much like the cycling routes.

The triathlon route for running was first established in 2012-13 and is a difficult trail. Today, many of the trails are taken from this route, and provide good exercise and practise for running, whatever level the runner is at. These are outdoor trails running over varied terrain. All the different trails will be useful for the dedicated marathon runners to practice on, as well as athletes who are attempting a triathlon, or part of it. Check out the scheduled events on the Australian Running Calendar, and find out how many types have already been organised for the next few months.

A five-kilometre park run is held weekly in Batemans Bay. It is free, fun and a sociable run. This park event is ideal for beginners or regular runners, to have some fun. The running can be at any pace so anyone can fit in with it. The run is timed so you can check out your own speed, and this is useful for competitive athletes. It’s also a way to keep an eye on your progress, whether you run for fun, fitness or competing in races. This park run is organised by volunteers who will help any newcomers.

Moruya, just down the coast from Batemans Bay, and below the main challenge trails, holds an annual event; the ‘Moruya Town to Surf Fun Run.’ The run ends with a festival theme and is very popular. See more of this run on Facebook. It’s another way to enjoy yourself keeping fit or adding to your training. The run uses a footpath for most of the trail and is eight kilometres long.

Batemans Bay supports charities like many areas country-wide, and the Mother’s Day Classic fun run raises funds for breast cancer research. The next run will be on 12th April 2019. Participants are offered a six-kilometre run and a four-kilometre walk. Every entrant can find sponsors for their running efforts, and those that cannot attend can ‘support in spirit’ to help the charity.

These small fun and park runs can help with regular training for prospective triathlon candidates. With every type of running being encountered within the triathlon, it is wise to practise on all kinds of trail, route and terrain.