LOCK IT IN: The Key Employment running crew have trained hard to be ready for the big September event.
LOCK IT IN: The Key Employment running crew have trained hard to be ready for the big September event.

Red and black sea of runners are keyed up to go

EXPECT a sea of red and black on September 6 when up to 100 Key Employment representatives take part in the fifth annual Bendigo Bank Coffs Harbour Running Festival.

Sponsor of the 21.1km half marathon, Key Employment has been a major supporter of the festival since its inception in 2011.

"Key Employment is excited and proud to be a five year supporter of this great event," chief executive Chris Worboys said.

"It goes to the heart of what we are all about - community, fun and fitness.

"It reinforces our message that people with a disability can have a go and achieve anything and also promotes the Coffs Coast, so it's a win all round.

"We plan to support the event for at least another five years."

The Key Employment group is made up of staff, family, friends and clients of the organisation.

They encourage other local businesses to get behind the event too.

Some participants will be taking it most seriously in the 21.1km and 10km events, while others are just happy to be involved and will be jogging or strolling their way around the 5km and 3km courses.

Their main aim is to participate in their nominated event with a smile on their face and to complete what they have set out to do.

Chris Worboys will be lining up with three generations of his family including wife, daughter and grandchildren.

Event director Mick Maley said the running festival was on Father's Day this year.

"We are seeing an increase in entries from dads and grandfathers taking part with family," Mick said.

"Along with their physical participation, entrants will also be raising money for local charities including Camp Quality, Coffs Early Childhood Intervention, Coffs Coast Autism, Life Education and the Prostate Department of the North Coast Cancer Institute.

"Entries are coming in at a steady pace from as far away as Mackay in Queensland, Geelong in Victoria, the ACT and everywhere in between.

"We're quietly confident of record numbers, building on the 1500 entries received in 2014."

Whether you're a serious runner, casual jogger or first-timer, don't miss your chance to be a part of Coffs Harbour's favourite sporting event.

For more information and to enter please head to www.villagesports.com.au.



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