Dash for Cash pics
TOWNSVILLE’S pavement pounders took to the streets yesterday to try their luck in the annual Butcher on Bundock Dash For Cash.
More than 400 competitors turned out to share in the $ 3500 worth of cash and prizes up for grabs during the hotly contested 4.6km event.
Overall male and female winners were pushing for the $ 500 major prize, while cash prizes were available for placings up to fifth in the open, junior male and female and individual age categories.
The forecast was for wet weather but clear skies paved the way for a dream run.
Road Runners treasurer Gerry Maguire said the popularity of the event was continuing to rise.
‘‘ We are seeing numbers continue to grow each year so it’s good to be offering something people want to be involved in,’’ he said.
‘‘ Competitors in the junior ranks are rising particularly fast and we are starting to see more and more secondary school kids having a go.
‘‘ The morning is provided for everyone and is a great opportunity to get outside and have some fun. We tend to see a lot of grimacing faces coming down the home straight but there are still plenty of smiles getting around.’’
The hotly contested event marks the launch of the Townsville Road Runners’ 2011 season and is one of six fun runs held throughout the year.
Try it The next fun run will be held at Pioneer Park on April 17.
ACHIEVEMENT: Pip Goldwick of South Townsville, Jan Tomlinson of South Townsville, Sue Devine of South Townsville and Josh Gibson of North Ward completed the Dash For Cash
Chris Spivey of West End and Damon Wilson of Douglas
Meghan Scott of Railway Estate and Yvette Gasa of Mundingburra
Brendan and Luan Cochrane of Mt Louisa
Sally Jones, 8, of North Ward
Tanya Carter of Idalia and Sandie
Wilson of Douglas
Skip Howarth, 11, of North Ward