Shoalhaven City Council today joined Athletics NSW, the Sir David Martin Foundation, Nowra Athletics Club and North Nowra Public School in launching the Greater Nowra Fun Run and Shoalhaven King of the Mountain Trail Race.
At the launch, it was announced that the historic King of the Mountain Trail Race will for the first time be held in conjunction with the Greater Nowra Fun Run, creating a unique festival of running.
The launch was held at Nowra Showground overlooking the Camberrawa Range that the King of the Mountain competitors conquer.
Mayor Joanna Gash said local people of all ages will be able to get active, have fun and support the important charitable work of the Sir David Martin Foundation at the fun run held on 22 May 2016.
Mayor Gash also said she was pleased to see the tradition of the Shoalhaven King of the Mountain given new life in the Greater RunNSW Series.
“The fun run has always been a great event for everyone in the community to get involved in but it also attracts elite runners to the region,” said Clr Gash.
“Originally the race was a 20 mile point-to-point contest but traffic and logistics have meant course changes have had to be made over the years.”
“The one constant has been the Mount Scanzi climb and descent which is now done twice.”
“This year’s King of the Mountain is 25 kilometres and will mark the 42nd running of the event, which was first run in 1966 then every year since 1976.”
President of the Nowra Athletics Club, Scott Johnson, said the King of the Mountain has had many prestigious winners including Dave Power, Andrew Lloyd, Kerryn McCann and Heather Turland.
Local elite runner, 20 year old Aaron Spiessberger-Parker of Nowra became the first competitor to enter the fun run.
“It is really awesome to have a run of this calibre in my home town and I am looking forward to taking on either the 10k or 5k,” Mr Spiessberger-Parker said.
RunNSW recreational running manager and Olympic marathon hopeful Scott Westcott said combining the skills and resources of Nowra Athletics Club and RunNSW will mean an event better community running festival.
Mr Westcott is encouraging teams to take part in the Primary Schools Challenge (PSC).
There will be medals on the line for all kids completing the 2 kilometre event and for the primary teams contesting the 5 kilometre event.
Greater Building Society Nowra branch manager Tracey Hayward said the event is one of 11 Athletics NSW RunNSW community fun runs that The Greater is funding across NSW in 2016 as part of its support for local communities.
Ms Hayward said the event will also raise funds for the Sir David Martin Foundation (SDMF) to continue their work to help young people in crisis. SDMF is a partner of the Greater Charitable Foundation.
EVENT DETAILS – GREATER NOWRA FUN RUN and KING OF THE MOUNTAIN
When: Sunday May 22, 2016
Where: All runs will start and finish at the Kangaroo Valley Country Club
Cost: Early bird entries are $5 for kids and $20 or $30 for adults. The King of the Mountain is $85.
The 25 kilometre King of the Mountain trail race is designed for hardened runners, while the 10 kilometre, 5 kilometre and kids’ 2 kilometre events provide a fun running opportunity for everyone, as entries are declared open.
Every participant receives a certificate and there will be medals for major age categories in each of the four runs.
For more information and to enter, visit www.nowrafunrun.com.au.
CONTACT: Mayor, Joanna Gash - 0427 160 170