DUSK Gronow can’t help but feel a quiet sense of pride when she looks around Run Melbourne each year and sees a sea of Johnno’s Run singlets.
It’s the day, once a year, when a crowd from Echuca-Moama relocates to Melbourne.
All to run for a good cause.
Held on July 29 this year, money raised from Johnno’s Run goes towards Community Living and Respite Services’ Opening Doors Project.
Which, this year, is delivering a home in Moama for people with a disability.
This will be the third year Dusk and her family — husband Peter and sons Liam, 10, and Jackson, 12 — have participated in the run.
And this year Dusk and Peter will be running the half marathon distance.
‘‘I’ve done a half marathon before, but this is Peter’s first time,’’ Dusk said.
‘‘It’s hard the first time — but it’s amazing what we’re doing it for.’’
The family has been joining in weekly training sessions for the run — with Jackson and Liam getting fit for the 5km distance.
Dusk said the community spirit of the event made the hard work worthwhile.
‘‘It’s amazing having so many people there from Echuca, we all have the singlets on and we’re all encouraging each other,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s incredible that such a small town can make such a big impact. Our fundraising is always up there with Cancer Council and Peter Mac — people must wonder, ‘what is this Johnno’s Run’?
‘‘It’s not logistically easy for us to get down there and yet such a huge group shows up year after year.’’
The Gronows first joined in the run after Dusk chatted to several girlfriends whose kids benefited from CLRS.
‘‘When you actually see these houses being built and friends whose kids benefit from it, it’s incredible,’’ she said.
‘‘That’s what inspires you to keep running these distances.’’
To support the Gronows’ fundraising efforts, visit runmelbourne2018.everydayhero.com/au/the-gronow-s
To get involved in Johnno’s Run, visit www.clrs.org.au/johnnosrun