Free entry for all participants in the Darrel Chapman Fun Run

Mitchell Craig
Updated July 18 2022 - 12:01pm, first published July 14 2022 - 10:35am

FREE entry will highlight the 2022 edition of the Darrel Chapman Fun Run in Lismore.

IT'S ON: It will be free entry at the Darrel Chapman Fun Run next month.
IT'S ON: It will be free entry at the Darrel Chapman Fun Run next month.

The annual event raises vital funds to help Our Kids purchase paediatric equipment for hospitals in Lismore, Grafton and Tweed.

It was a fully virtual event last year due to COVID-19 restrictions and still managed to raise about $32,000 with $5300 coming from major sponsor NAB.

Chapman was a distinguished academic and sportsman who lost his battle with cancer in 1992.

He was a much loved and highly regarded member of the Australian sporting community.

He also established the Human Movement Science and Sport Management program at Southern Cross University.


Thanks to the generosity of NAB and other local sponsors, the 2022 event will be free for the first time as the region continues to recover from the floods.

"It is lovely to have our community gather, and the Darrel Chapman Fun Run has always been a great event to achieves this," Our Kids fundraising coordinator Rebekka Battista said.

"There is no cost to register this year. However, there is an option to donate if people are in a position to, and registration will still be required. This is to ensure all runners are accounted for on the course."

The courses are the Our Kids 4km, Lord's Taverners 10km, Lismore Masters 21km and the Southern Cross University Virtual Marathon.

Anyone running virtually can register their time between August 22-28.

This year, those taking part on Sunday 28 August, are asked to wear red to celebrate the heart of Lismore.

"The NAB team are proud to be the Darrel Chapman Fun Run naming sponsor, our staff love to be involved and volunteer at this event," NAB executive Nigel Rumble said.

"This year we are really excited to be able to gather again but also continue a virtual element to help the Northern Rivers community get behind and support Our Kids."

Lismore City Mayor Steve Krieg said he was excited about the return of the fun run and the Lismore Masters half marathon.

"This has always been a great event for a very worthy cause. I am looking forward to taking part this year and encourage everyone to do the same or come along and cheer for those who are either running or walking. It promises to be a fun day out for Lismore," he said.

"My congratulations to Our Kids and the organisers, and I thank the Lismore Masters Games and the many others sponsors for coming on board this year."

Registrations are now open at

Any questions regarding the event, can be made at the Our Kids office during business hours, on 6620 2705.

Mitchell Craig

Mitchell Craig

Senior journalist

Australian Community Media journalist with over 10 years' experience in providing quality news and sport stories.