Running to raise funds for pool
The Winton community is being asked to throw on some running shoes and support the town’s pool.
Funds raised from this year’s Winton Fun Run, on Sunday, will be donated to the community pool, which is in need of a $30,000 paint job and maintenance work.
Winton Pool committee member Maria Scammell said the pool had been well supported this year, but pools took money to run and the fun run was a good source of revenue.
‘‘We really need this fundraising. It’s vital for the pool and we’re calling on the community to get out on the day and support us.
‘‘Bring the kids in their push chairs, even grandma and grandad can have a go.’’
Last year about 650 people participated, up about 100 on the year before.
The event will start and finish at Central Southland College, where the pool is located, with every participant receiving a free swim at the end of their run.
College music students will perform live music throughout the day, adding to the party atmosphere, she said.
New World Winton is giving participants free bottled water and fruit, with free ice blocks also available at the end of the run.
‘‘We really couldn’t run this event without their great support.’’
Participants can walk, run or bike the 2.5, 6 or 12 kilometre course, which starts at 10am, and can enter at Winton New World, Winton Night and Day, or the pool.
This year, a challenge is once again going out to schools to get the highest participation rate. Winton Primary School, which won the challenge last year, will be back.
Principal Steve Wadsworth said there was a school-wide health and physical wellbeing focus at the school this term, and he would be encouraging as many students and staff as possible to participate.
‘‘We support the fun run because it is a well run community event that not only encourages getting out there and being physically active, but also raises much needed funds for our local community pool.’’
Winton School students are ready for the Winton Fun Run on Sunday.