Scott McKenzie trains in Stradbroke Park in Kew for the City2Sea. Photo: Joe ArmaoAt only 16 years old, Scott McKenzie thinks he got into running late.
“I never ran as a kid, I didn’t take running seriously until two years ago,” he said.
“I started doing rugby in year 7 and I got injured. I did rehab with the cross country team and never looked back.”
The Marcellin College student, who’s now in year 11, said doing cross country at the school “changed my life”. He was recently elected the college’s sports captain.
Scott is almost a seasoned competitor, having taken part in several City2Surf competitions in Sydney, and coming in the top 30 at last year’s 15-kilometre Sunday Age City2Sea event – at age 15 he was the fastest junior runner.
“The City2Surf is one of the best events I’ve run in my life and to come to the City2Sea and run in my own town, it’s just amazing,” he said.
Last year he came first in the Victorian school championships three-kilometre event.
On Sunday Scott will compete in the five-kilometre City2Sea event, and although he’s running off the back of an injury, he’s feeling confident.
“I wanted something faster, it’d be great to smash out the five-kilometre. In my age group I think I’ll do well but for the wider group I’m not sure, I haven’t seen the course,” he said.
Under the guidance of coach John Meagher, who finished third in the over 50 half-marathon at this year’s World Masters Athletics Championships in Perth, he’s in good hands.
Due to the Melbourne Metro Rail construction on St Kilda Road, this will be the last year the event will go by the course it’s used for the past six years.
Scott said he hoped not too much would change about the race.
“I really liked starting at the MCG, it’s a great atmosphere, it was good to just run past buildings I’m familiar with, past bridges that I go over, and to go through Albert Park,” he said.
“For people that come to Melbourne to do this run, if they missed out on those things that we’ve had before it’d be a shame for them.”
After completing year 12 next year, the young athlete has his eyes on moving to the Unites States and running at an American college.
“I’d love to run internationally … College in America would be phenomenal. It’s a big step, but I’m training for it so might as well,” he said.
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