Preparations begin for sixth annual Mountain View Challenge
LIONS Club of Maleny Blackall Range Mountain View Challenge is on again for its sixth year.
The annual event has attracted runners from all over south-east Queensland as well schools entering teams of pupils and parents.
Last year more than 220 runners, from the experienced athletes competing in the half marathon to primary school students entering the 3km run.
The event raises funds for Childhood Cancer Research, a disease close to the heart of many families throughout Australia.
Research is ongoing and needs support to battle a cure for this dreadful disease.
The Mountain View Challenge is being held on Sunday, October 15, at the Maleny Showgrounds. There is a half marathon (21.1km), a 10km, 5km and 3km runs and a 3km family walk.
Half marathon, 10km and 5km routes follow the edge of the Blackall Range overlooking the magnificent Glass House Mountains. Past participants have marvelled at the picturesque route and have acknowledged it as the best in south-east Queensland.
The 21.1km event has challenged athletes who say its undulating route is the best they have run and the most competitive.
The shorter events have attracted both seasoned athletes as well as school pupils from as far afield as Caloundra.
The 3km event last year saw the Caloundra City Private School winning the schools participation trophy with 14 students competing. They will again be back to defend the title this year.
There is prize money for the half marathon, 10km and 5km runs
with the main focus of the 3km event being for primary schools to put in a team to compete for the participation trophy for their school.
The school with the most participants wins the trophy for their cabinet for the year.
There is also a teams trophy and prize money for the 10km event with the team with the lowest aggregate times for the first three runners across the line.
Full details and online registration are available at malenyblackallrange.qld.lions.org .au/projectsmvc