Olympic hero Peter Bol is calling in some friends to help him recapture his love for running.
After the toughest year of his career, the 1500m champion is easing his way back into the sport and will be doing so with hundreds of fun-runners around Albert Park Lake on Saturday. Bol is leading a 5km community run as part of the On Track Nights Zatopek:10 event at Lakeside Stadium.
After being falsely accused of drug cheating earlier this year, the Tokyo Olympic finalist struggled to get his season on track culminating an inglorious exit from the Budapest world championships. But the 29-year-old is back training in Melbourne and expected to return to the track over The Australian domestic season in February.
“I look forward to competing on home soil,” Bol said.
“And Australia can expect me back competing in February, given things continue progressing as well as they have, and I don’t see why they wouldn’t.”
He urged runners of all shapes and sizes to join him on Saturday.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the community come along and give it a go, no matter the level or goal in mind.” Bol said. “It’s about participating and being part of a community.”