Bendigo Bank Half Marathon winner Steve Moneghetti with race director Mick Maley.
Bendigo Bank Half Marathon winner Steve Moneghetti with race director Mick Maley. Leigh Jensen

Race raises spirits, funds

THANK you, Coffs Coast.

The donations have been counted and the sponsorship money has been banked with a total of $32,000 raised for good causes by the inaugural Bendigo Bank Half Marathon, Walks and Fun Run.

The Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour held a sponsors evening to thank all the contributors, volunteers and the team that put it all together and race director said the event had been better than even he imagined it would be.

"The event received nothing but positive responses from participants on the day and the feedback continues to please everybody involved," he said.

"Most of the comments said that the course marshals and water stop people were terrific in the way they encouraged and participated in the event.

"Response from the sponsors was all positive as well.

"A number of them commented that it is great to be part of a successful community event where all the funds are put back into kids charities within our local community and something else remarkable is all the recipients of the funds raised, participated in the event as volunteers, marshals, water stops and medical support."

The breakdown is Life Education $8000, Coffs Coast Autism $6000, Coffs Early Childhood Intervention Centre $6000, Coffs Harbour Camp Quality $6000, St Johns Ambulance $2500 and the Friends of Coffs Creek Walkway $400.

Dozens of letters and emails have been received from outside the district, suggesting a tourism juggernaut is in the making.

Maley said organisers are already putting pen to paper in preparation for the 2012 Running Festival to be held in late September.

Any organisation that would like to become involved can contact Mick Maley on uncle@coffshalfmarathon.org.au



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