En­tries fly­ing in for Har­ri­etville fun run

Alpine Observer - - Sport -

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.

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