Footrace marks historic milestone

THIS weekend marks a landmark for the Woolgoolga Fun Runs as it will be the 30th time the Forest Footrace and Seaside Scamper have been held.

Many of the runners expected to line up tomorrow for the Footrace, which gets underway at 4pm from Apex Park near the roundabout, will be attempting to complete the course out to the rainforest for the 10th, 20th or even 30th time.

Some will have travelled from as far away as Ballina in the north, Kempsey in the south and Armidale in the west to be part of what has become an iconic event on the running calendar.

However the events, which were initiated by the Woolgoolga Apex Club and continued by a committee after that club’s demise, were intended originally and continue to be primarily for the local community.

To encourage further involvement by those who may find the 11.2km Footrace or the 5km Seaside Scamper a step or two too far because of age or weariness, the committee began the Tiny Tot Trot for the under-8 years folk on a non-competitive basis 15 years ago and added the Beach Bash over 2km three years ago.

Most prizes for age groups and teams are centred on the Seaside Scamper which leads off the Sunday events at 8am, but all the runs provide lucky draw prizes as well as certificates detailing their time and place (except in Tiny Tots).

For those running on the Sunday registrations will be taken at the Marine Rescue Hall (opposite the swimming pool) from 7am. Entry to cover both the Footrace and Scamper is $10 or $6 for a single run ($3 for pensioners and students).

The Beach Bash is $2 and the Trot is $1.

Phone Steel Beveridge on 66562735 or email steelyn@yabba.net.au for details.

Some will have travelled from as far away as Ballina, Kempsey and Armidale to be part of what has become an iconic event



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