Enjoy a challenge with a view
EMERGING as one of the must-do events on the Coast’s multisport calendar, this year’s running festival at Maleny has adopted a new name.
This year’s Maleny Runfest Mountain View Challenge will again feature a challenging undulating course while raising money for the Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation.
The October 14 event will again feature 21.1km, 10km, 5km and 3km races, encompassing one of the hinterland’s most picturesque routes past Mary Caincross Park with views of the Glasshouse Mountains.
Hosted by the Lions Club of Maleny Blackall Range, the event has improved entry numbers each year since starting in 2011.
“We changed the name to be more inline with a running festival,” said club member Lindsay Stewart.
“We still incorporate the ‘Mountain View Challenge’ name being used for the half marathon and the 10km run as both use the very scenic Mountain View Road in Maleny overlooking the Glasshouse Mountains.”
Wet weather hampered efforts last year, but 2018 is expected to draw larger numbers as competitors test their mettle.
“Runners can look forward to a few slightly challenging gradients which tests their stamina,” Stewart said.
“It is run on mainly wide footpaths on quiet rural roads at that time of morning with very little road traffic. The 5km event runs along scenic rural road/footpath. The 3km walk/run follows the Obi Obi Creek concreted walkway in Maleny.
“The start/finish for all events is at Maleny showground with plenty of parking, breakfast is available and good coffee sold. (There will be) water stops and marshalling at various route points.”
The event has raised more than $6500 over four years with all proceeds going to Lions Children’s Cancer Research and the Lions Medical Research Foundation. Prizes and trophies worth $2000 are fully sponsored by local businesses.
AWESOME EXPERIENCE: Runners set off in the half marathon as part of the Maleny Runfest Mountain View Challenge.