FIVE mascots are set to battle it out on the sand at the Sunshine Beach Run.
It is the first ever mascot sprint at the City Beach event, with Community News’ own Mr Newsie lining up against Dippy the Duck from Royal Life Saving WA, Rick the Rock from the West Coast Eagles, Rupert from The Pamphleteers and Sid from Red Nose.
Sunshine Beach Run founder and West Coast Eagles physiotherapist Chris Perkin said the run was a great day out for all ages.
“In addition to the mascot race, we will also host a celebrity beach sprint, a mini market, have demonstrations from City Beach Surf Life Saving Club, a bouncy castle, waterslide, face painting and lawn games for everyone to enjoy,” he said.
“We have great support each year from the West Coast Eagles, with lots of players coming down to mingle with the crowd and take part in the event.”
The event raises money for Red Nose, and was founded by Mr Perkin in 2012 after the loss of his stillborn son Jake and wife Cindy in 2009.
The money will help Red Nose continue their research and education into miscarriage, stillbirth and sudden infant death syndrome/sudden unexplained death in childhood, along with funding a comprehensive counselling service for grieving WA families.
“This event really is for everyone, including young children, to come along and be part of a bright, fun and positive event and remember a lost baby or child or simply raise money for a great cause,” Mr Perkin said.
Participants can walk or run 1km, 3km or 5km and can register online at sunshinebeachrun.com.au until midnight on February 17, or on the day until 8am.
The mascot race will officially open the day at 7.30am.
Spectators are welcome to come along and enjoy the event.