Big chal­lenges in store for all foxes in the run

Wangaratta Chronicle - - What's On This Weekend -

MORE ob­sta­cles, a larger course and ex­tra colour prom­ise to make this year’s Mi­lawa Ox­ley Fox Run on Oc­to­ber 21 an event to re­mem­ber.

While prepa­ra­tions are in full swing the com­mit­tee has been boosted by two new ad­di­tions to the team, elite ob­sta­cle rac­ers Ian Hay­ward and Mur­ray Porter, whose in­put have helped to make the course even more ex­cit­ing.

The pair has been work­ing with a ded­i­cated, par­ent-led vol­un­teer team to con­struct the course and cre­ate new ob­sta­cles in­clud­ing climbs, tun­nels and walls, mak­ing the most of a $10,000 com­mu­nity grant the event se­cured this year from the Ru­ral City of Wan­garatta.

But com­mit­tee mem­ber El­iz­a­beth El­lis said true to the event’s vi­sion, the course re­mains ac­ces­si­ble to all fit­ness lev­els.

“Once again there are three ob­sta­cle runs to choose from, in­clud­ing the Sports­man’s Ware­house 2.5km run, Tel­stra Wan­garatta 5km run and In­site Real Es­tate 7.5km run,” she said.

“Each ob­sta­cle has fam­ily and fit­ness level op­tions and this year we have in­tro­duced waves to the 2.5km run.

“These dif­fer­ent start times break the pack up and of­fer the chance for par­tic­i­pants to sprint, run or walk while main­tain­ing the flow of the course in any wave.

“With the mid­dle wave al­ready sold out, we have opened a third wave, so par­tic­i­pants re­ally need to get in quick to se­cure their pre­ferred time.”

A full sched­ule of events has also been pro­grammed to en­ter­tain both par­tic­i­pants and spec­ta­tors through­out the day, in­clud­ing food and mar­ket stalls, a gi­ant tug of war, he­li­copter joy flights and live mu­sic by “Cat Lulie”.

There will also be kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a jump­ing cas­tle, bub­ble sta­tion, Hot Shots ten­nis classes, face paint­ing, Blue earth ac­tiv­i­ties and nov­elty races.

The high­light of the event will be the Brown Broth­ers Wines Fox Drop Raf­fle, boast­ing many great prizes in­clud­ing a $1000 cash voucher - with only 200 “foxes” (or tick­ets) on sale.

There will also be lots of prizes to be won in ev­ery event, for best dressed, catch­ing the fox and other spot prizes, with all fin­ish­ing par­tic­i­pants to re­ceive their own race “bling”.

Pro­ceeds from the com­mu­nity-based fundrais­ing event will go di­rectly to Mi­lawa and Ox­ley Pri­mary Schools to build bet­ter out­comes for their stu­dents.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter visit www.foxrun.org.au or visit the event on Face­book.

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