Shepparton News

IBISES ARE FLYING AS FREE AS A BIRD

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“Everyone in the running community has been patiently waiting for a running event,” Ryan said.

“We have seen so many beloved events cancel in 2020 and 2021, but in Shepparton we have been lucky enough to have dodged many icebergs and we have adapted to the restrictio­ns in place and are excited that we still get to hold an event that will bring regional Victorians to Shepparton.

“Not only will runners get to experience a ‘real’ race, but they will come to town and buy a coffee, have lunch or dinner at our restaurant­s, stay in our accommodat­ion and bring in some tourism dollars for businesses that have been doing it hard, as a lot of these businesses are the supporters of our event.”

The economic uplift of the festival is just one aspect which makes it such a superb weekend for Shepparton.

Having jumped through a plethora of hoops to get it happening from an organisati­onal perspectiv­e, City of Greater Shepparton Mayor Kim O’Keeffe was overjoyed to offer the event once more.

“Council are proud to again support the iconic Shepparton Running Festival and the event will be an important boost for our visitor economy as we will see the region full of visitors enjoying the sites at Victoria Park Lake and keeping active, as well as staying in our accommodat­ion venues and visiting our local businesses, cafe´s, retail shops, attraction­s and experienci­ng our services,” O’Keeffe said.

● To register for the event, visit www.shepparton­runningfer­stival.com.au

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