Countdown on for annual Tower Run
The countdown is on until the 40th annual Tower Run takes place.
For the past few weeks trophies have been returned, registrations have started and if you haven’t registered, Sport Waikato area co-ordinator Lou Beer says, don’t wait till the 11th hour.
‘‘I imagine we will exceed 400 runners so please do not leave your entry until arrival at the start line or you risk missing out,’’ she said.
The Tower Run is held this Friday, March 3.
To mark the milestone anniversary, one of the original tower runners, Tony Richards, will be returning to start the race.
‘‘It’s brilliant having Tony, it makes it a very special occasion,’’ said Beer.
The Tower Run was started in 1977, by Richards, along with Brian Black and Colin Thompson. Richards and Black, nicknamed the Terriers, made a bet with Thompson that together, they could beat him out to the tower and back.
Thompson was known as the King of the Tower, as he would run the route every day. He retained his title, coming first of the three, followed closely by Richards and then Black.
This was witnessed by the whole town who lined ths streets from the centre of Matamata to the tower. Subsequently the annual Tower Run was born and every year trophies are awarded for the king and queen of the tower, among others.
This year, 40th anniversary medals will be given out.
‘‘The medals are a really lovely way to mark this occasion,’’ said Beer.
‘‘Very few events last this long and it is testament to the hard work and dedication of the volunteers involved that have seen this event become world famous in Matamata. I am really looking forward to this event as I do each year.’’
Beer said she hopes people will get into the special anniversary by dressing in theme.
The race will start from Tom Grant Drive at the end of Karaka Street at 6pm for the first wave.
Participants can choose to run or walk the 6.6km or 4km route. Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome.
Dogs, bikes and scooters are not permitted due to health and safety reasons. People can register at the Matamata Chronicle during office hours 8.30-4pm monday-Friday, $10 per adult, and $5 for juniors.