Team SCU sporting and community events

Team SCU at Spartan Sprint ChallengeA couple of our SCU Team celebrating crossing the finishing line of the 2019 Spartan Sprint Challenge.
Matt Lamont at Gold Coast Runners FestivalMatt Lamont, the first Team SCU runner to cross the Gold Coast Marathon finish line at the 2019 Gold Coast Marathon Runners Festival.

Team SCU participates in a number of community events encouraging healthy and active lifestyles. Participation is open to students, staff, alumni, SCU gym members, and friends who can get involved as participants or part of the volunteer support crew.

These community fitness and active living events provide an ideal opportunity for the University community to get involved in promoting health, fitness and wellbeing. Events cater for a range of abilities and fitness levels from beginner through to elite with category choices to suit individual fitness and experience levels. SCU Fitness Centre & Pool, Gold Coast Virtual Fitness Room and SCU Sport Centre Coffs Harbour coordinate preparatory programs so that participants can come together for group training sessions aimed at improving fitness levels and having team members get to know one another prior to events.

2020 events calendar

View the calendar of events for information on all the upcoming events coming up within 2020 and to stay up to date with what’s happening near you!

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 March 2020 Lismore Samson Challenge
Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March 2020 Relay for Life * POSTPONED *
Sunday 5 April 2020 Coffs Harbour Jetty Swim * CANCELLED *
Sunday 3 May 2020 Byron Ocean Swim * CANCELLED *
Monday 11 May – Sunday 31 May The Push-up Challenge
Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 July 2020 Gold Coast Marathon and SCU 10km * Please note: Due to COVID-19, the Gold Coast Marathon has suspended registrations at this time.
Sunday 30 August 2020 Darrel Chapman Fun Run - Lismore
Sunday 13 September 2020 Coffs Harbour Running Festival
Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 September 2020 Spartan Sprint Challenge
Sunday 25 October 2020 Byron Bay Lighthouse Run
Saturday TBC October 2020 Coffs Harbour Cycle Challenge

To get involved and become part of Team SCU! Contact: unilife@scu.edu.au.

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Samson Fitness Challenge — Lismore

When: 6–7 March 2020
Where: Hepburn Park, Lismore NSW
Our Kids: Lismore Samson Fitness Challenge

The 2020 Lismore Samson Challenge raised over $20,000 for Our Kids!

The Samson Challenge is a four-person team fitness challenge event with each team put through nine gruelling challenges, which includes a farmers’ walk with jerry cans, a prowler push, 130kg truck tyre flip, burpee challenge, 2×2km run, 1km swim, a mystery leg and a crazy obstacle course to complete.

The quickest team to complete all the challenges wins the coveted Samson Title and bragging rights for the next twelve months.

The Samson is a major fundraiser for OUR KIDS, the charity that raises money to purchase paediatric equipment for the Children’s Ward and Special Care Nursery at Lismore Base Hospital.

Relay for Life

Where: Southern Cross University Campus, Lismore NSW
: Cancer Council
* Please note: Due to COVID-19, the Relay for Life Lismore & Villages has postponed. For full information visit the Relay for Life website.

Relay For Life is a chance for communities to recognise and celebrate those who have overcome cancer or are undergoing treatment, as well as the people who care for them. Relay also provides an opportunity to celebrate the memory of loved ones lost to cancer.

Thousands of Australians participate in over 200 Relays across Australia each year. Some people Relay in memory of a loved one lost to cancer. Some do it to show how proud they are at having survived cancer. Some do it to show they are strong enough to beat cancer. And some simply want to be involved and make a difference!

Relay participants are encouraged to fundraise in the lead up to the event, with all money raised supporting Cancer Council's vital research, prevention and support services. You can find a bunch of fundraising tips on the Relay website, as well as some great useful downloads to help you promote your fundraising efforts to the masses

Coffs Harbour Jetty Swim

When: * Unfortunately due to COVID-19 the 2020 event has been cancelled *
Where: Jetty Beach, Coffs Harbour NSW
Village Sports Coffs Harbour

The Beachside Radiology Coffs Ocean Swims are a fun, charity fundraising event offering participants a choice of distances catering for both the novice and the more competitive with a 600m swim around the jetty, 2000m swim across the harbour and fun races for children, all held inside our beautiful, protected harbour.

All profits from the event will be distributed to local charities and community groups.

Byron Ocean Swim

When: * Unfortunately due to COVID-19 the 2020 event has been cancelled *
Where: Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club, Byron Bay NSW
: Byron Ocean Swim

The Byron Bay Property Sales Ocean Swim Classic is approximately 2.2km from Wategos Beach to Main Beach, Byron Bay. The Classic is a buoyed course from the start area, around The Pass and across the Bay to Main Beach.

The Mini Swim (800m), is run prior to the main swim. This shorter distance swim starts from Clarks Beach along Main Beach and is designed as an introductory swim for novice ocean swimmers and also for children who are good swimmers down to age 9 years.

The Push-up Challenge

When: 11-31 May 2020
Where: online/from home
Website: Team SCU in The Push-up Challenge

The Push-Up Challenge is an annual event that started in 2018 and encourages people to get fit, have fun and support mental health in Australia. This year, The Push-Up Challenge highlights the devastating number of Australian lives lost to suicide in 2018. We will be completing 3,046 push-ups over 21 days, to represent 3,046 lives lost to suicide.

Create your own team or join an existing one in our Team SCU Community for this year’s Push-Up Challenge. The push-ups vary per day. You can view how many you have to do each day, track your push-ups and see how your mates are going through the sweet online tracker.

Together, we can make a real difference and #pushforbetter mental health this May.

Gold Coast Marathon

When: 4–5 July 2020
Where: Gold Coast, QLD
Gold Coast Marathon
* Please note: Due to COVID-19,, the Gold Coast Marathon has suspended registrations at this time. For full information visit the Gold Coast Marathon website.

To be a member of Team SCU you need to be a student, staff member, or alumni. Other participants can join Team SCU if they are a family member of the above (up to 2 family members) or a running partner (limited to 1) or be a member of the Lismore Runners. A Team SCU chill out recovery zone, marquee with food and post-race massages is also provided.

Students that participate in this event will receive a free SCU Runners Singlet and also earn points towards Team SCU’s tally in the Australian University Sport Distance Running Championship which is run in conjunction with this event.

Darrell Chapman Fun Run

When: Sunday 30 August 2020
Where: Lismore, NSW
Our Kids — Darrel Chapman Fun Run

The Darrel Chapman Fun Run is an event that has been established in Lismore for 20 years.  It includes a 4km walk/run a 10km run and the Lismore regions only half marathon. The event format encourages and champion all to be involved, to to walk or run and just have FUN!

Coffs Harbour Running Festival

When: Sunday 13 September 2020
Where: Coffs Harbour Showground, Coffs Harbour NSW
: Village Sports Coffs Harbour

The Coffs Runners festival is an events that raise funds  to support local charities and community Groups and includes a 3KM Family Fun Run/Walk, 5KM Run/ Walk, 10KM Run and a half Marathon.

Spartan Sprint Challenge

When: Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 September 2020
Where: Numinbah Valley Adventure Trails, Numinbah Valley QLD
: Spartan

Spartan Race is a leader in the sport of obstacle racing, offering open heats for all fitness levels, as well as competitive and elite heats for those with something more to prove. The first of its kind to feature timing and global rankings, Spartan Race provides a proving ground for beginner and professional obstacle racers looking to test themselves in new ways across the world.

The Spartan Sprint puts endurance aside and tests your quickness through 5K loaded with 20 Obstacles. A great starter distance for beginners, or a perfect test against time for the more advanced racer.

Byron Bay Lighthouse Run

When: Sunday 25 October 2020
Where: Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay NSW
Byron Bay Lighthouse Run

A fun run for all ages and abilities this charity fun run offers both a 10K run and a 6K walk with all proceeds go to local charities. Join with Team SCU and receive the Team discount on the event entry fee.

Coffs Harbour Cycle Classic

When: TBC October 2020
Where: Coffs Harbour NSW
Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge

The rides for 2020 will start and finish at the Geoff King Motors Oval on Hogbin Drive, Coffs Harbour. There are categories for elite and recreational riders as well as families and riders with a disability.

Contact us

Please contact the UniLife team by email on unilife@scu.edu.au or call 02 6622 3220.

To keep up to date with what's happening at your campus, find UniLife on Facebook or Instagram.

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