So you’re keen to be part of Run for Geelong’s Kids but haven’t strapped on a pair of running shoes for a few years? Never fear – there are plenty of other first time runners who also get involved with the event so you’ll soon make some friends and get into the spirit of things.


Training programs coming soon!!


Our Top Tips from Pro Feet Podiatrist Holly Vanderkley

With Sunday 18 th of November quickly approaching, we are all getting very excited for Run for Geelong Kids and it is time to start planning for either the 5km or 10k! Pro Feet Podiatrist, Holly Vanderkley, has shared her top tips to help you prepare prior to race day.


  1. This is a big one, don’t fix what is not broken, usually with shoes we don’t want to make any major changes just prior to an event because sudden changes in footwear can cause adaptation soreness and blisters

  2. If you do need to update your shoe, we recommend staying with the same or similar style this close to the event. We recommend heading down to the Running Company or Athlete’s Foot to get fitted with their expert staff who are very knowledgeable in all things running & shoes.

Socks & Blister prevention

  1. Blisters occur from a combination of friction & moisture. To prevent the likelihood of this occurring we recommend technical socks. These socks are specifically designed to reduce blisters from occurring as they are constructed with a fibre that draws moisture away from the skin and they are fitted with an arch band which minimises movement of the sock in the shoe.
  2. Our top picks for Run for Geelong Kids would be Lightfeet lightweight range & Steigen Originals. Technical running socks can be purchased from The Running Company, Athlete’s Foot or other specialty running stores.


  1. Don’t be tempted to fit in extra runs in the last week as you get nervous or try to cram in last minute training. Your final run should be 2-3 days prior to your race to avoid soreness while racing.

Massage, Foam Rolling & Stretching

  1. Recovery is a key part of your training and often missed. After each run you want to stretch your calves & release the tight muscles

  2. A spiky ball can be your best recovery tool. You can use it to roll your foot and calf muscles over for self massage and to help increase mobility. You can also use the foam roller on your calves and outside of your legs, do this for 5 minutes, 3-4 x per week.

  3. If your tightness is lingering 48 hours after your run you may need further treatment from a Remedial Massage Therapist or Myotherapist for release of those longer standing tight muscles (arrange for this at least 3 days before your race).

Seek help early

  1. Last but not least…. If you have any niggling injuries, it is best to get them checked out now by a health professional so you can run with ease or prevent any worsening of conditions during the race.

Good Luck to everyone running and walking! If you have any questions prior to race day, please feel free to contact us. Otherwise, we will see you at the finish line!

Happy Training!

Holly Vanderkley
Pro Feet Podiatrist

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