A sodden start to spring could have augured badly for Ballarat’s biggest community event Run Ballarat had not a high school stepped in.
The run will now start at Ballarat High School after a record spring deluge left North Gardens Reserve distinctly wet under foot.
Run Ballarat organisers said changes to the route would be minor, and are currently being finalised with Ballarat City Council.
Ballarat High School will field over 100 entrants for the run, including students in its specialist sports program, and hopes to register a further 50 members of the school community.
There are currently 3353 participants registered for the run, which last year raised $889,404 for children’s health.
All proceeds this year will go towards the redevelopment of the Ballarat Base Hospital’s children’s ward.
The run has previously started at City Oval, which itself was under water last month, contributing to the delay of the cricket season in Ballarat.
Run Ballarat is on Sunday, October 23. For more information or to register visit www.runaustralia.com.au.