Setting the early pace for the Coffs Running Festival
JUST as the early bird catches the worm, early entrants in the 2018 Bendigo Bank Coffs Harbour Running Festival will benefit from signing up promptly.
Organisers of this year's event encourage all those planning on taking part to register by the end of July to take advantage of the early bird prices.
"We are very lucky to have an event of this calibre on our doorstep where competitors pay a fraction of the cost of a similar event in the cities, and by entering early they will save even more," event director Noel Phillips said.
Now in its eighth year, the Bendigo Bank Running Festival on Sunday, September 9 offers four different distances all held on the Coffs Creek Walkway.
There is the two-lap Beachside Radiology Half Marathon, the Mike Blewitt Ford 10km Fun Run, the 5km fun run/walk and the Key Employment 3km Family Fun Run/Walk through the Botanic Gardens. All ages and abilities are catered for, and new faces are always welcomed.
The event also allows for people to enter more than one distance. "We see many parents taking part in the 21km and 10km events and then trying to keep up with their kids in the 5km or 3km events," Phillips said.
"The days are starting to get longer which means it will become easier to get up early and train before work or school. And with six weeks until race day, there is still plenty of time to select an event and kick start your training program."
All participants go in the draw for random prizes and also help raise funds for local children's charities including Life Education, Coffs Coast Autism, Early Connections and Camp Quality.
But the real reward for participants is getting some fresh air and exercise with friends whiled taking in the beautiful Coffs Harbour scenery.
Since its inception, the Bendigo Bank Coffs Harbour Running Festival has raised a total of $165,000 for local charities.
To take advantage of the early bird prices for the Bendigo Bank Coffs Harbour Running Festival on September 9, enter now by clicking here. Prices increase on August 1.