To celebrate the 10th anniversary of NewRun and the Hill to Harbour Running Events, event organisers H Events have secured the attendance Olympic and Commonwealth Games runners and national identity Steve Moneghetti to participate in the event. Moneghetti will make various appearances over the 2-3 April in preparation to participate in either the Half Marathon or 10km event on Sunday 3 April. It is expected Moneghetti will be in high demand by a 'run saavy' community in Newcastle in the Hunter. Race organiser Paul Humphreys, said " we are so excited to have running royalty coming to town. Steve will really put this event, which already attracts nearly 3000 runners, on the national map. He is already tweeting and sharing the news around the nation. While not expected to compete for line honors, due to a recent injury, Steve will impart much of his 40 year's of running knowledge via running tips and advice to various locations to be announced soon.
Stephen James Moneghetti, or simply Steve, is one of Australia’s all-time greatest marathon runners. Born in the 26th of September 1962, Steve’s parents had no idea that they were raising a champion who would soon set records in distance running. As a kid, Steve was not considered as a good runner. And although he had a go at everything at little athletics, they told his father that he was probably not going to be good at athletics. Little Steve, however, did not give up and just continued training to be a good athlete. At high school, his endurance as an athlete had developed and he began to draw attention as a runner. Who would have thought that the once bullied skinny little kid would become one of Australia’s greatest marathon runners?
Steve started his career in a 10,000 metre run at the 1986 Commonwealth Games, in which he finished fifth. He then ran his first marathon in the same competition and won bronze. He won the 1990 Berlin Marathon with a world leading time OF 2:08:16 having two weeks prior won in the Great North Run with a time of 1:00:34 which has a world best for the half marathon distance. In 1991, Steve ran a course record of 40:03 in the 14 km City 2 Surf in Sydney. This record still stands today. In 1994, he nailed the Tokyo Marathon and also won gold in the marathon at the Commonwealth Games that year. He went on to finish third in the 1997 World Championships marathon in Athens. He competed at four Olympic Games—Seoul in 1988, Barcelona in 1992, Atlanta in 1996, and Sydney in 2000 finishing in the top 10 in the marathon on three occasions.
Steve’s last marathon representing Australia was in Sydney 2000 Olympics. It was a heartbreaking scene when he met a bit of trouble in the middle of the race, but still recovered and finished 10th. After the race, he thanked his country for supporting him all throughout his career.
Today, Steve is still very active and he continues to race for fun. He is part of many events in Australia and awarded many times for his contribution in the athletics field. Steve runs his own sports consulting business.
Steve is married to Tanya and they have four children Emma, Laura, Matthew, and Olivia.