11 November 2014

RMIT wins in Melbourne community sport events

Each year RMIT Link Sport and Recreation supports students, staff and Alumni to enter some of Melbourne’s major community sporting events.

This includes the Melbourne Marathon and the Around the Bay cycling race—both held in October each year.

This year, 139 RMIT participants entered the Melbourne Marathon Festival, and a total of 32,000 people ran in the event, which includes 5km, 10km, half and full marathon races.

RMIT Student, Jacob Gifty has won the 5km race with a time of 16:02, beating 2883 other racers for the top spot.

Although he prefers long distances, Mr Gifty competes in races ranging from 5km to half marathon—and is building up to entering in full marathons.

Mr Gifty runs for the South Melbourne athletics club and trains six times a week. He is also currently completing a Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice).

RMIT also won an award at the recent Around the Bay cycling race for entering the largest university team.

Seventy-nine RMIT riders entered the event, a race around Port Phillip Bay which attracted a total of 12,000 participants.

Entrants who join a community event as part of RMIT’s team receive free RMIT branded sport gear and have access to a university VIP area.

The VIP area, organised in partnership with other Victorian universities, allows participants to bypass event queues and access refreshments, massages and entertainment in a special tent after their race.

The Around the Bay cycling event raised $1.2 million for the Smith Family charity, while the Melbourne Marathon raised money for a number of different charities.

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