The Australian Running Convention (AusRunCon) – review by Stephen Trutwin, Podiatrist

AusRunCon was held in September at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne and brought together a myriad of running related services, products and information. This year was the second year that the event was held and it looks like being a yearly event.
Throughout the day, 2 chat-show-style seminar streams ran concurrently with experts talking on a range of subjects from training, coaching, sports psychology, injury prevention and nutrition. The personal experiences shared by elite runners Steve Monaghetti, Tamsyn Lewis-Manou and Duer Yoa were highlights.
There were around 50 exhibitors showcasing their wares in the expo, including running services, technology, apparel, nutrition and events. Of course I took full advantage of all the free samples and giveaways! One of the booths was dedicated to the Australian Triathlon, Endurance and Cycling expo(July 2016), so there was also some crossover into triathlon and cycling.
Workshops covered strength training, cooking, use of foam rollers & spiky balls and yoga, and there was an obstacle course set up for those who were feeling energetic. One of the workshops I found interesting was the “Bullet-proof legs” session run by Brewsters Running incorporating a ballistic and plyometric leg workout aimed at strengthening the legs and reducing the risk of injury.
The event had mobile caterers on site providing participants with some tasty & healthy cuisine throughout the day, and there was plenty of good coffee available to keep you alert!
My only criticisms of the day were that the injury prevention/management seminar was pretty light-on for content. I think more time could have been spent covering the prevention and treatment of common injuries. It would also have been nice to see more of the footwear companies represented at the expo (only Icebug, Mizuno, Brooks and Hoka were in attendance). The venue for the event (Caulfield racecourse) is HUGE and I felt the convention was a little lost in the huge expanse, however the facilities were very good and overall the conveners did a great job bringing together hundreds of people with a common passion for the greatest sport in the world!
Overall it was a busy day traveling to and from Melbourne in a day and seeing and hearing everything there was to be taken in at the convention, but definitely worth the trip and I’d recommend it to anyone interested in running, from entry-level to advanced, road to trail. There were a few people walking around in moon-boots so the convention is also a good way for injured runners to stay in touch and motivated. And for $40 a ticket, it was great value.
We need one of these in Adelaide!

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