Fiery pace promised in the Dash For Cash

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

THERE will be no eas­ing back in when the But c h e r o n Bundo c k Dash For Cash fun run kicks off the road run­ning sea­son.

More than 400 com­peti­tors are ex­pected to turn out to­mor­row for the an­nual chase for $ 3500 in cash and prizes.

Townsville Road Run­ners spokesman Dave Hamp­ton said he was ex­pect­ing a red-hot field to set a blis­ter­ing pace.

‘‘ I know there’s a cou­ple of good guys back in town,’’ Hamp­ton said.

‘‘ For the se­ri­ous guys, there’s $ 500 up for grabs so I’m sure they’re go­ing to be se­ri­ous about it – it’s called the Dash for Cash.’’

T h e 4 . 6 7 k m c o u r s e , which starts and fin­ishes on Pax­ton Street near the en­trance to Queens Gar­dens, usu­ally sees win­ners cross the fin­ish line in about 15 min­utes.

Over­all male and fe­male win­ners will claim the big­gest prizes of $ 500, but there are also cash prizes for plac­ings up to fifth in the open, ju­nior male and fe­male and in­di­vid­ual age cat­e­gories.

‘‘ It’s usu­ally a re­ally g o o d d a y , ’ ’ Hampto n said.

‘‘ Real­is­ti­cally it’s only the top few that are dash­ing for the cash and the rest of us are dash­ing for glory . . . but it’s not just for elite run­ners. It’s a great way to keep fit and it’s a great way to meet new friends.’’

En­tries for the Dash for Cash will be taken on the day.

The race starts at 7am, but com­peti­tors are ad­vised to ar­rive early to reg­is­ter.

There is a $ 10 en­try fee for adults and $ 5 for en­trants un­der 17 years.

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