Peach’s Run

Saturday, 9th November, 2024

A fitness challenge in honour of our great mate James ‘Peach’ Petrie.

We lost James in February 2022 after an intense mental health battle. Peach’s Run aims to honour James’s memory in the spirit of a physical challenge whilst raising awareness, a sense of community and vital funds to support local mental health based programs.

James was 33 years old when he passed and proudly wore the number 33 for the Waubra Football Club.  Check out the Event Details below to see how we have incorporated his beloved #33 into Peach’s Run.

Count Down to The Run








Show your support and walk or run a single lap around Lake Wendouree as a SUPPORTER (Single Entry). Or maybe channel Peach’s competitive instinct and TEAM up (TEAM ENTRY) with some mates, family or colleagues and conquer a combined 33 laps of Lake Wendouree!! By participating in Peach’s Run, you’ll be helping to raise vital funds for the James Petrie Fund via the Ballarat Foundation to support projects which respond to mental health issues in the Ballarat region and support youth engagement.

Are you ready to show some of Peach’s fighting spirit and tackle Peach’s Run? Check out the full Event Details, including ticket purchase, by clicking on the button below. We can’t wait for you to join us on Saturday, 9th November, 2024, to honour our great mate James ‘Peach’ Petrie.

James Peach Petrie

About James

James grew up in Ballarat in a loving family and was always the cheeky and adventurous one. As the family grew he became the fun uncle to 7 nieces and nephews.

He was a much loved, inspiring teacher at Ballarat High School who always empowered his students to reach their full potential. His strong leadership skills were also shown on and off the football field, as he was a respected player, coach and mentor within both the Ballarat North Soccer Club for 12 years and the Waubra Football Club for 10 years.

James was always an avid supporter of Mental Health Awareness and had an active involvement in campaigns such as: R U OK, Walking off the War Within, The Resilience Project, Kokoda Trek and Beyond Blue.

James was one of the most respected, loved and compassionate men you would ever meet. With the support of his loving family, devoted partner and his trusted tribe of friends by his side, he struggled through the darkness of depression for 12 months. When James found himself in the depths of depression he continued to be proactive and to use a variety of tools, resources and professional help to find a way out of the darkness which had consumed his life. High functioning depression may not always look like depression and can easily go unnoticed to those who are unaware and James was good at putting on a brave face. Sadly we lost James in February 2022. We are determined to ensure that his legacy will continue to make a difference for those suffering with this cruel disease.

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Peach had a remarkable ability to light up a room and most would agree he was just ‘the best guy’ everyone knew! Peach’s Run is inspired by the fighting spirit he showed in his personal mental health battle and his love of a physical challenge – as always a WARRIOR to the end.

As this is just the second year of our fundraising event, funding is limited. We are heavily relying upon the generosity and support of the Ballarat Business Community to make this event not only a fitting memorial for James, but to help raise vital funds to support projects which respond to mental health issues in the Ballarat region and support youth engagement.

James Peach Petrie on the football field

Our Sponsors

A sense of Community is what has enabled Peach’s Run to ‘get off the ground’. Please show your support to our generous Sponsors and help the Ballarat Community prosper.