Bound for glory: Runners take the first bend in First Avenue at the 2010 Sawtell Fun Run.
Bound for glory: Runners take the first bend in First Avenue at the 2010 Sawtell Fun Run. Bruce Thomas

Bruce chases fun run victory

EVERY year the Sawtell Fun Run throws up a piece of folklore.

In 2010, New Zealand visitor Will Smith was spending time at Dorrigo and for a laugh, decided to try his luck in the time-honoured race.

At the 2km mark he put the pedal to the metal and stormed away for one of the biggest winning margins ever recorded.

Today’s 91st staging of the great race may create another slice of history when competitors face the starter’s gun opposite Sawtell Hotel at 9am and runners are welcome to download a map of the course from www.coffscoastathletics.org.au.

Eyes will be searching for Canberra-based Geoffrey Bruce who if he starts this year will be making his 31st attempt on the course and seeking his 11th victory.

For those not already entered on-line, a table will be set up to accept late registrations for the 5.25km fun run, along with the A-Mart All Sports Junior Mile which gets away at 8.30am with runners traversing four laps of the main street.

Presentations will take place at Sawtell Reserve from around 10.15 once the bulk of finishers have safely crossed the line.

Prizes include medals, vouchers, cash for the winner of the fun run and certificates for everybody.

Registrations will be taken at the sprint course from 10am for a massive program of athletics.

Events will start from under-7 years boys and girls and range to the main open sprints held later in the day.

The final of the Ladies Bracelet is set for 2.15pm with the Geoff King Sprint Final to follow soon after.

The other great sporting tradition is the woodchopping which will continue for most of the day.

There will be a street procession, novelty races, market stalls, carnival rides, food and drink stalls and the naming of the Sawtellian of the year.

However, with hot weather expected, organisers are recommending members of the public drink plenty of fluids, wear a hat and apply sunscreen liberally.

Spectator entry is free but proceeds from the fun run will assist Sawtell-Toormina Little Athletics.



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