IT’S time for local athletes to get into training because the biggest running event to hit the Coffs Coast is on its way.
The inaugural Bendigo Bank Coffs Harbour Half Marathon will be run on Sunday, September 25, along the newly renovated Coffs Creek Walkway.
The day will consist of a 21.1km half marathon, 10km, 5km and 2.5km fun runs and there will be a 5km and 2.5km walk, which will be incorporated into the 5km and 2.5 runs. The Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour, in conjunction with the Coffs Life Education Support Group, is organising the day.
Organisers are hoping the half marathon will entice people from outside the area to come and participate over the longer distance.
“The creek walkway is an ideal venue to hold an event such as this, with no traffic to worry about and a beautiful environment to participate in,” spokesman Mick Maley said.
“This is a great opportunity to put praise on all those people responsible for converting the Coffs Creek Walkway into a showpiece for the Coffs Harbour community to use for many years to come.”
Just like the work that Maley put into the Coffs Ocean Swims for so many years, he will see the benefits of the half marathon go to others.
All proceeds from the event will go to Life Education, Coffs Early Childhood Intervention, Coffs Autism and the local Camp Quality.
“This is a great opportunity for families to all participate to their own abilities and at the same time support local kids’ charities,” he said.
“All kids benefit from Life Education and the local charities of early childhood intervention, autism or Camp Quality are very worthy beneficiaries.”
The Bendigo Bank has come on board as the naming sponsor and Coffs Harbour branch area manager Warren Hughes said the decision to support the inaugural event was an easy one to make.
There is a large number of local runners training hard and looking forward to participating in the Gold Coast Marathon events and the City to Surf in Sydney in the near future.
Organisers of the Coffs Half Marathon are hoping the same runners will finish off their running season with a big effort in their home event.