Join us on Fri 20th - Sun 22nd Nov
It's time to disconnect and reconnect.
With Melbourne going into Stage 4 lock down due to Covid-19 and neighbouring states seeing more restrictions, let's come together virtually as we tackle uncertain times.
Anxiety skyrocketing? We hear you. Just like you, we need something positive to focus on right now. Stop the doomsday scroll, start training.
The 'Connect to Country' Virtual Event is Clothing The Gap's Community response to the Stage 4 lock down. Join us as we stay motivated, moving and connect to Country.
Not a 'runner', don't let the 'Run | Walk' thing stop you from moving 5 km, 10 km, 21.1 km or 42.2 km in whatever way you like!
Lace up the runners,
Pump up the bike tyres,
Bring back the skateboard,
Grab the kid's scooters,
Dust off the hiking boots...
Complete your chosen distance any way you like!
The most important thing is that we're staying moving, motivated and connected. Connected to Country, connected to our health and well-being and connected to our communities around us...safely of course!
Fri 20 - Sun 22 Nov
Complete your chosen distance any way, at any time from Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd November.
Keep an eye on local updates to ensure you're sticking to the regulations and recommendations for your area.
With absolutely everything up in the air right now, having a goal to keep us focused and active has never been so important. Let’s control the controllable and continue or start to kick our health and well-being goals. Looking after our physical, emotional and spiritual health right now it is a huge protective factor in staying well.
Connect to Country and register in 3 easy steps...
Pick your distance
Get active on event weekend
Complete your activity or run/walk whenever it suits you on either Fri 20, Sat 21 or Sun 22 November anywhere you like!
The Connect to Country event is completely virtual! This means you can run any time, any where on event weekend…anywhere around the world!
When you complete your event....lookout, you get a new race bling which will be posted to you after the event.
This Connect to Country medal has been designed by Gunditjmara artist, Laura Thompson. Actual pics of the medals coming soon, but trust us, you will want to add this one to your collection ;)
For friends and supporters of the Aboriginal Community, we encourage you to get involved in this event! Need an invitation? Consider this it.
Your support in registering for this event enables us to offer equity in registration pricing for the Aboriginal Community and supports the role out of our health and education programs that supports the roll out of this event in Communities all across the country from Aarat to Arnhem Land!
If you're an Aboriginal Community Group or Health Service who would like to get your Community involved, we would love to hear from you! Looking to register as a corporate team? Contact us at email@example.com
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partcipation
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, please enter the code WELLAHTOGETHER at checkout to access the Community registration rate of $25 per registration.
A Message from us ...
The organising team behind this event is made up of a collective of Aboriginal Health Promotion practitioners, Personal Trainers and communication gurus from Clothing The Gap and Spark Health Australia. The team are seriously concerned about how the Community will feel without NAIDOC events to look forward to in July combined with the rising levels of inactivity, obesity and mental ill health in our communities. We also know the difference social connection, physical activity and a positive routine can make in tough times.
With the COVID-19 situation unfolding rapidly in Australia, we are abiding by the advice from relevant health authorities and staying up to date with the latest information. The health and safety of our participants will always remain our highest priority. You can stay informed with COVID-19 national updates by clicking here.
The Clothing The Gap team echo the concerns from health promotion peak bodies such as VicHealth for the rising inactivity levels gripping the country. We too are deeply concerned about the effects this physical inactivity will have on our communities long term while many seem to be bunkering down on the couch with Netflix amidst COVID-19. Hear more on how exercise can help during COVID-19 from VicHealth CEO, Sandro Demaio. Don't get us wrong, staying at home is important right now, but so is staying physically active.
Social distancing is actually physical distancing; it does not mean 'social' isolation. The Clothing The Gap team refer to 'social distancing' as 'physical distancing', as we're aiming to stay as socially connected as possible.
Throughout the current situation, looking after our mental health is really important as it can be left more vulnerable than usual. Keeping up our cultural and social support helps to boost mental health and is also connected to our physical health. Getting some time outdoors safely and connecting to the land, and marching or running on Country, does wonders for our well-being too. Body, mind, spirit and Country...it’s all connected, Aboriginal people have known this for tens of thousands of years.
Some things to remember
Aim for less crowded spaces, less busy times of the day, keep your distance and stay local to your home. As soon as you return home, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
If you’re well and haven't been asked to self-isolate enjoy training safely. However, if you are not feeling well, stay inside and refer to medical advice.
You’ll need to be flexible and adaptable whilst training in these times - you may need to slow right down, or even stop, to pass other people safely.
Share your training journey by joining our Strava Run Club, using #ConnectToCountry and tagging @ClothingTheGap so we can cheer you on.
Pick the event distance that feels right and manageable for you.
Check out the Clothing The Gap active wear range to level up your training kit and get you motivated to get out that door and feel fresh while you do it!