GREG Kew will be hard to miss among the thousands of Surf ‘T’ Surf runners on Sunday.
The Allansford man will be decked out in a fluorescent vest with the number 60 emblazoned on his back.
Kew is one of four pacers assigned to guide 10-kilometre runners and help them reach their time targets.
Surf ‘T’ Surf organiser Ben Anderson has selected 45, 50, 55 and 60-minute pacers for the iconic fun run. Kew, who estimates he has run between 15 and 20 Surf ‘T’ Surfs, was the 45-minute pacer last year.
“Ben rang me up and asked me to do it. I thought ‘why not?’,” Kew said.
“If it helps some people reach their goals, I am happy to assist them.
“I really enjoyed it last year and a lot of people at work are getting involved and they want to run with me and break the one-hour barrier.
“I think it is great to see so many people embracing running.”
Kew said the pacers were there to guide the runners.
“They run at a consistent speed to finish the 10km at the nominated time,” he said.
“I guess it is important because a lot of people want to set a personal best or break a time and they’re not sure how to do it.
“They blow up too early and go hard too early.”
The Warrnambool policeman, who clocked a personal best 40 minutes and eight seconds in the 2011 run, will have a change of pace on Sunday.
Kew said two of his three children, Brady, 16, and Louis, 14, would compete in the 10km run.
His youngest son Max, 5, is too young to compete.
“They will do anything to beat their dad, so I reckon they will go past me,” Kew said.
Kew has ample running experience, having tackled a number of ultra-marathons.
He ran a 100km trail run in October from Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles with his partner Nicole Barker.
The 10km run starts at 8.30am, the 6km run at 8.45am, the 6km walk at 8.50am and the 3km lap of the lake at 8.55am.
Presentations will start at 10.30am.