Mo­men­tum build­ing for Wan­garatta Marathon

North East Tourist News - - WANGARATTA - By LEAH TINDILL

AN 80 per cent growth in the num­ber of marathon en­trants in the 2015 event gave the Wan­garatta Marathon an ex­tra com­pet­i­tive edge.

The Wan­garatta Marathon and Fun Run in­cludes a 42km marathon, 21km half marathon, a 10km run or walk, a five kilo­me­tre run or walk and a two kilo­me­tre pri­mary school chal­lenge.

Or­gan­is­ers Justin and Sharon Scholz had also recorded an in­crease of 300 en­trants across the five events well be­fore it was held, with more run­ners and walk­ers con­tin­u­ing to regis­ter.

“We’ve been hear­ing in some run­ning cir­cles that the Wan­garatta Marathon is be­com­ing the marathon of choice be­cause it has all the fea­tures of the Mel­bourne Marathon but with­out the is­sues of size, lack of park­ing and other lo­gis­tics like that,” said Justin.

“The thing with the Wan­garatta Marathon is that it is big, with a good, com­pet­i­tive field and it has all the bells and whis­tles of the Mel­bourne Marathon for a frac­tion of the cost.”

The 2016 Wan­garatta Marathon and Fun Run will be held on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 28 at the Wan­garatta Show­grounds, with around 2500 en­trants ex­pected to take part.

The event is open to peo­ple of all ages in­ter­ested in get­ting ac­tive and hav­ing fun, in­clud­ing in­di­vid­u­als, com­mu­nity and cor­po­rate teams and schools.

More in­for­ma­tion in­clud­ing de­tails on reg­is­tra­tion is avail­able at www.wan­garat­ta­ma­rathon.com.au.

PHOTO: Luke Plum­mer.

FUN RUN: The Wan­garatta Marathon in Fe­bru­ary has events suit­able for peo­ple of all ages and abil­i­ties.

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