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Running Festival challenge is on for schools

The Doctor on Duty Schools Challenge will be a new feature of the Bendigo Bank Coffs Harbour Running Festival on Sunday, September 4.
The Doctor on Duty Schools Challenge will be a new feature of the Bendigo Bank Coffs Harbour Running Festival on Sunday, September 4. Darrell Nash

THE Coffs Harbour Running Festival is excited to announce a new incentive for the 2016 event, the Doctor on Duty Schools Challenge, with cash prizes for the schools with the highest number of participants to spend on sporting equipment.

“The aim of the Doctor on Duty Schools Challenge is to encourage participation across the region from school students,” race director Mick Maley said.

“We want to get the kids outdoors doing something healthy in their local community.”

Schools are categorised based on their size and the schools with the highest percentage of participants in each category will be awarded cash to spend on sporting equipment.

When registering online for the event, students simply select their school from a dropdown list. The more students who participate, the more chance their school has of winning.

Dr Andrew Lucas said Doctor on Duty is thrilled to be involved with the Running Festival.

“We look forward to seeing as many school students participating as possible,” Dr Lucas said.

“It’s a great community event and a fun way for the kids to do something active with their family and friends.”

The Bendigo Bank Coffs Harbour Running Festival on Sunday, September 4, is now in its sixth year and attracts people of all ages and abilities, with the choice of a half marathon, 10km, 5km or 3km distance.

“The event takes place only a few weeks after the Rio Olympic Games this year and we are hoping students will be motivated after watching their sporting heroes on television,” Maley said.

Coinciding with Father’s Day, the event will see many children running or walking with dad or granddad and it’s a nice way for families to be together and enjoy the unique and picturesque course.

The most popular event is the 3km Family Fun Run/Walk, which takes participants from the Showground into the Botanic Gardens and back.

Entries for the Bendigo Bank Coffs Harbour Running Festival and the Doctor on Duty Schools Challenge are now open.

Visit villagesports.com.au for more information and to enter.

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