AS PART of Echuca-Moama’s Sweat ver­sus Steam Fun Run 20-year cel­e­bra­tions, the com­mit­tee is hold­ing a fam­ily fun day in tan­dem with the runs them­selves.

Spec­ta­tors are en­cour­aged to be at the start/ fin­ish line at Hop­wood Gar­dens, Echuca, on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 8, to cheer on par­tic­i­pants and take part.

There will be sev­eral free ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer, in­clud­ing face paint­ing by Bunnings Echuca, a bar­be­cue sup­plied by Echuca-Moama Apex Club and a jump­ing cas­tle.

There will also be a cof­fee van at the site as well as give­aways for fam­ily passes on the PS Pevensey to be right amongst the ac­tion.

Project of­fi­cer Lindy Ley­on­hjelm said it would give peo­ple not run­ning the chance to be in­volved in the cel­e­bra­tion in an­other ca­pac­ity.

“We are want­ing as many spec­ta­tors as we can to get in­volved in the fam­ily fun day this year,” she said.

“Those that fin­ish the run early are also en­cour­aged to hang around and en­joy the free break­fast and other ac­tiv­i­ties, and there will be fruit and yo­ghurt avail­able as well.

“We want the day to be as relaxing and en­joy­able as we can make it for ev­ery­one in­volved.”

Ley­on­hjelm said by work­ing in con­junc­tion with Bunnings and Apex the day was made more about com­mu­nity spirit and bring­ing to­gether or­gan­i­sa­tions to raise funds in help­ing the many ben­e­fi­cia­ries of Sweat ver­sus Steam.

“Do­nat­ing time and sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity is what th­ese two groups are all about,” she said.

“We hope to get around 600–700 par­tic­i­pants be­fore on­line reg­is­tra­tion closes on Oc­to­ber 5.

“There’s usu­ally a mad rush in the days lead­ing up to the event.

“This year we’ll also be tak­ing reg­is­tra­tions on the day which will hope­fully see more peo­ple tak­ing part.”

This is the first year Ley­on­hjelm had taken on the role as project of­fi­cer, but had a lot of pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence or­gan­is­ing fun runs, hav­ing started up Run 4 Wayne af­ter her hus­band Wayne Rickard died in Au­gust 2014 af­ter a bat­tle with can­cer.

She hoped this year’s 20th Sweat ver­sus Steam will be just as suc­cess­ful and thanked the work of the en­tire com­mit­tee in or­gan­is­ing the event.

Reg­is­tra­tions can be made through the YMCA web­site at a cost of $35 for open, mas­ters (35–54) and vet­er­ans (55+), $100 for teams, $18 for peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity and pri­mary and sec­ondary school par­tic­i­pants.

Reg­is­tra­tions on the day will in­cur an ad­di­tional $10 cost.

Make sure to fol­low the event on Face­book for reg­u­lar up­dates in the lead up to the event at

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