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Lakeside Twilight Relay set to become a Gold Coast Signature Event

Bond University is planning a rare twilight lakeside relay footrace in March this year to raise funds for charity.

The inaugural event will form part of Bond University's 25th Anniversary celebrations and will take place in the 2.5km loop on the stunning 50 hectare university campus.

The timed relay run will be the first of its kind in Queensland and one of only a few in Australia, and will involve each competitor in teams of two or four completing the loop circuit and passing on a timing band instead of the traditional baton.

The course will feature three music zones – one at each end of the loop and one at the finish line – to create a fun-filled, exciting atmosphere for participants and spectators.

It will start at 4.00pm on Sunday 23 March and be run through twilight along the floodlit course.

Bond University Vice Chancellor Professor Tim Brailsford said the 2014 Bond University Twilight Relay would be a great way for the whole community to join in Bond’s 25th Anniversary celebrations.

"It will be the best twilight running event on the Gold Coast and be one of the early events planned for Bond University's 25th anniversary celebrations," said Professor Brailsford.

"The event is not just about competition, but a chance for both current and former Bond students to come together to enjoy a fun event in the magnificent grounds of the University.

"As well as past and present students and staff, we are hoping the general public will join to make this a successful event.

"It will become an annual event at the campus and we are confident that it will grow and continue to attract strong participation year on year."

The relay will feature post-race celebrations including an after-party on the lawns of the campus, with food and beverage areas and giant marquees set up on the grassed area next to the lake.

Staff and student volunteers, including our sports management students, will pitch in to ensure that the event runs smoothly.

Bond University is currently negotiating with several charity partners who will benefit from the relay and take part in the event.

Teams from the general public will be encouraged, and there will be several different categories such as Corporate, Bond students, Bond Alumni, family and friends, under 16s and over 50s.

Entry fees will be $120 per team of four or $60.00 per team of two, with discounts for students and past students.

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