About the Beachside Dash
On 12 October 2008, the St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation (SSMRF) held the first Beachside Dash.
Over 1,100 runners took part, taking on the 10km course at Peter Depena Reserve.
Taking out first place in the 10km Dash was David Byrne, of Coogee, in 31 minutes, 33 seconds. Hollie Emery, of Penrith, was the first female to cross the line, in 35 minutes, 32 seconds.
A highlight of the race was the “Catch a Dragon” initiative with 10 Dragon pace runners, setting the pace for other runners.
The event is a “fun run” as well as a race, attracting both competitive runners and community participants who can choose to run, jog or walk.
Today, participants can choose from the 10km, 5km or 2km course. This event is to showcase the work of SSMRF in promoting and supporting medical research in St George and Sutherland Hospitals, to raise much needed funds and to promote a healthy active community event.