En­joy a chal­lenge with a view

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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.

PHOTO: LIONS CLUB

AWE­SOME EX­PE­RI­ENCE: Run­ners set off in the half marathon as part of the Maleny Run­fest Moun­tain View Chal­lenge.

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