The last Summer Run Series race will be held in Nelson Bay March 2018

Port Stephens is set to be part of a three race Summer Run Series that aims to get people out running and exploring the area.

FIGHTING FIT: Lucas McBeath and Joshua Horvath in the 12-kilometre summer run in 2013.

FIGHTING FIT: Lucas McBeath and Joshua Horvath in the 12-kilometre summer run in 2013.

The Nelson Bay leg of the Summer Run Series will be held in March 18, 2018.

It will follow the first race in Morpeth on November 12 and the second in Carrington, Newcastle on February 4.

“Running is very popular these days – people are running all year round,” event director Paul Humphreys, from H Events, said.

“This is a fairly simple event with one distance. It’s about good atmosphere, nice places and encouraging people to keep on running.”

Humphreys is no stranger to staging events in Port Stephens.

He was behind the Bay Adventure Festival, which was last held in 2015.

The event saw participants swim, bike and kayak around Shoal Bay and Fingal Bay.

A summer run was held in conjunction with the Bay Adventure Festival.

FITNESS: A group running along Shoal Bay beach as part of the 2013 summer run. Pictures: Anthony Purcell

FITNESS: A group running along Shoal Bay beach as part of the 2013 summer run. Pictures: Anthony Purcell

The revamped 2017-2018 summer run is the first time it has been staged as a series race.

Humphreys said it is also the first time the run is being staged from d’Albora Marina, and on pathways around Nelson Bay.

Humphreys said the series is open to those aged 8 and above.

Anyone under 12 years has to be accompanied by an adult.

The race is a 10 kilometre distance.

“This is ideal for parkrunners who want to step up from 5kms to 10kms,” Humphreys said.

For the Nelson Bay leg, called Summer Run Bay, runners will start and finish at d’Albora Marina.

Runners will work their way down to the co-op, hit the pathways to Corlette, turn around and head to Little Beach before making their way back to the marina.

The events will be held early to beat the heat. Humphreys said an 8am start for the Bay is likely.

There will be individual and series prizes up for grabs.

For the first year, race entry numbers have been limited to manage course crowding.

The cost varies depending on the number of races participants take part in. For adults, one race will cost $60, for two $100 and all three $135.

ORGANISED: Paul Humphreys is the event director of the Summer Run Series. Picture: Marina Neil

ORGANISED: Paul Humphreys is the event director of the Summer Run Series. Picture: Marina Neil

For children, those aged between 8 and 17, the cost is $50 for one race, $80 for two and $110 for all three.

An additional booking fee also applies. To enter, go to summerrun.com.au.