Fam­i­lies are em­brac­ing the an­nual Cross Coun­try Chal­lenge at Bella Vista Farm and the Ro­tary Club of Cas­tle Hill couldn’t be hap­pier.

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This year’s event is on Sun­day, Septem­ber 22 with the first event at 8am.

The Or­ange Blos­som Fes­ti­val event has grown sub­stan­tially since it was first run by the Ro­tary club in 2016.

Mike Blair from the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee said they were hop­ing that it will at­tract over 400 en­trants, from se­ri­ous run­ners to fam­ily fun run­ners.

The chal­lenge is de­signed for all abil­i­ties with dis­tances rang­ing from 3.7km fam­ily fun run or walk, a 7.4km track for in­ter­me­di­ate run­ners to a 11.1km chal­leng­ing run around Bella Vista Farm Park.

Funds raised from this year’s event will go to headspace, the na­tional youth men­tal health foun­da­tion, and other char­i­ties in­clud­ing the Po­lice Legacy and the Ru­ral Fire ser­vice. The fundrais­ing goal is $25,000.

The Ro­tary Club of Cas­tle Hill’s first Cross Coun­try Chal­lenge at­tracted about 120 par­tic­i­pants. Mr Blair said the big­gest num­ber of en­trants were fam­i­lies..

“Last year we had 300 and more than 170 of those were fam­i­lies do­ing the fun run.”

The ac­tion starts at 8am at Bella Vista Farm, at the cor­ner of Nor­west Blvde and El­iz­a­beth MacArthur Drive, Bela Vista.

Regis­tra­tion in­cludes run­ner bib and time track­ing.

Costs range from $25 to un­der 16s; $45 for 16 to 60 year olds; and $30 for over 60s with spe­cial prices of $45 for one adult and one child and $65 for two adults and two chil­dren. To reg­is­ter visit www.cross­coun­trychal­lenge.

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