Entries flying in for Harrietville fun run
THE third Harrietville Half Marathon is less than a month away and organisers say entries are coming in thick and fast.
Participation was up last year despite inclement weather and in 2017 race director Robyn Downey is expecting more competitors than ever before.
“We had 150 in our first year and about 200 last year so we’re hoping for possibly 250 this year,” she said.
“Our first entries came in earlier than they have in the past so hopefully that’s a good sign.
“It’s an event a lot of the town has got behind with people either taking part or volunteering on the day.
“Over the first two events we’ve attracted quite some elite runners, our 5km winner from last year, Ellen Schaef of New Zealand, is actually in America training for the Commonwealth Games.”
The event will be held on Sunday, October 1 and will again feature four distances for runners to choose from with 21.1km, 10km, 5km and 2km options.
The 21.1km race will be the last in the Alpine Trifecta, a medal introduced this year for runners who complete the distance in the Bright Fun Run and Mt Beauty and Harrietville Half Marathons.
Starting points will be the shared trail opposite Bright Accommodation Park (21.1km), The Big Shed in Smoko (10km), Harrietville Trout Farm (5km) and Howards Bridge (2km). All will finish at Tavare Park in Harrietville. Early bird entry is still available up until this Friday. People can register by going to www. harrietvillehalfmarathon.com.