WARMUP: Runners need to do some advance training ahead of the Bendigo Bank Coffs Harbour Running Festival on September 6.
WARMUP: Runners need to do some advance training ahead of the Bendigo Bank Coffs Harbour Running Festival on September 6.

Chill out and get running boots on

DON'T let the chilly weather of the past few days keep you from training for the Bendigo Bank Coffs Harbour Running Festival on September 6.

Even if it means putting on an extra layer, there's no need to let the cold keep you from running or walking.

With seven weeks until the big event, there's still plenty of time to enter online and train for your chosen distance.

The running festival has something for all ages and abilities with a half marathon, 10km fun run, 5km run/walk and 3km family fun run/walk.

The novel off-road runs are now in their fifth year as one of the Coffs Coast's most popular sporting events.

Last year the festival attracted over 1500 participants and Village Sports is hoping to eclipse that number this year.

Held on a bush trail through the beautiful Coffs Creek Walkway, all events start and finish at the showground and meander along the banks of Coffs Creek through forests of mangrove, casuarina and paperbark, to the ocean and back.

Runners pass the city's most popular attractions including Dolphin Marine Magic, Park Beach and the scenic Botanic Garden.

The Bendigo Bank Running Festival has been recognised by Destination NSW, who selected it as a regional flagship event for 2015.

Event director Mick Maley is thrilled to receive flagship funding for the second year.

"We aim attract participants from all over the state to experience the unique course and all that is on offer on the Coffs Coast," Mr Maley said.

"There are amazing prizes up for grabs just for taking part including trips to Cambodia and Thailand, as well as holidays closer to home at Novotel Pacific Bay Resort.

"You can win Brooks running shoes and more."

The event raises money for local charities including Life Education, Coffs Coast Autism, Camp Quality, the Early Childhood Intervention Program and the Prostate Department of the North Coast Cancer Institute.

For information go to http://www.villagesports.com.au or contact Village Sports on 6651 2029.



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