A Yarraville family will hit The Tan for a good cause next month when they take on the inaugural YMCA Father’s Day Fun Run.

The fundraiser for the YMCA’s work in youth mental health involves a family-friendly five or 10 kilometre run or walk around Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens and St Kilda Road, finishing with a Family Fun Day in the Alexandra Gardens.

Bernadette Healey said her family had been involved with other YMCA events and always found them to have a fun community atmosphere.

“I think the Y is a great organisation,” she said. “We like that they work to get people of all different backgrounds involved in sport.”

The Healey family find running is a great way to keep fit and keep stress at bay, while tackling personal challenges and goals.

They have used the September 4 event for motivation to get out and active over winter.

Ms Healey said running keeps her football-mad sons in shape ready for game-day.

“We often talk as a family about what our goals are and fitness goals often come up,” she said.

Her youngest son Xavier, 9, has set the event as a target for running an unbroken 5km.

YMCA chief executive Peter Burns said the YMCA actually founded Father’s Day in the USA in 1910.

“So who better to hold this family friendly event here in Melbourne?” he said.

Registrations: fathersdayfunrun.org.au.