Strip­ping down for dirt dash

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Tom Zaun­mayr

Undie un­der­lay

It is that time of year when res­i­dents and trav­ellers to the Pil­bara strip down to their jocks to run the now-in­fa­mous undie mile in Mar­ble Bar.

Yes, this week­end is the Mar­ble Bar races, and while the horse rac­ing makes for an ex­cel­lent day out in the hottest town in Aus­tralia, it is the fi­nal event of the meet that makes the event unique.

The mixed-breed undies race is a 100m dash down the fi­nal straight of the red-dirt race track taken on by who­ever feels like com­pet­ing.

There are no prizes and no spe­cial men­tions. We can guar­an­tee, how­ever, that we will do our best to make you Pil­bara-fa­mous.

First drop

Ex­mouth’s his­tory is in the lime­light this year as the town pre­pares to cel­e­brate its 50th an­niver­sary in Septem­ber.

One page, which has al­ways shone a spot­light on the past, is Ex­mouth Ad­ven­ture, so when Dar­ren Roche queried the first sports club to start in the town, surely some­one would have the an­swer.

Of course, we don’t take much se­ri­ously up here, and within sec­onds, the in­ter­gen­er­a­tional pur­suits of beer drink­ing and fly swat­ting had been sug­gested as the first real Ex­mouth sport­ing en­deav­ours.

Darts, cricket, fish­ing, footy and bas­ket­ball were thrown into the mix.

Softball was also sug­gested, given the old di­a­mond out the back of Harold E Holt.

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