Launch of the King of the Mountain, now part of the Greater RunNSW Series
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. Local people of all ages will be able to get active, have fun and support work by the Sir David Martin Foundation at fun run on May 22.
20 yr old elite runner Aaron Spiessberger-Parker of Nowra will be the first competitor to enter the event at a launch held at Nowra Showground overlooking the Camberrawa Range that the King of the Mountain competitors will conquer. All runs will start and finish at the Kangaroo Valley Country Club. While the 25km King of the Mountain is for hardened runners, the 10 km, 5 km and kids’ 2 km events provide a fun running opportunity for everyone. as entries are declared open.
â€œIt is 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,â€ Mr Spiessberger-Parker said.
Shoalhaven Mayor Joanna Gash said she was pleased to see the tradition of the Shoalhaven King of the Mountain given new life in the Greater RunNSW Series. Cr Gash said the fun run was a great event for everyone in the community to get involved in but it also attracted elite runners to the region.
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. Originally the race was a 20 mile point-to-point but traffic and logistics have meant course changes over the years. The one constant has been the Mount Scanzi climb and descent which is now done twice. This will be the 42nd running of the event which was first run in 1966 then every year since 1976.
RunNSW recreational running manager and Olympic marathon hopeful Scott Westcott 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 2km event and for the primary teams contesting the 5km 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.
Early bird entries are just $5 for kids and $20 or $30 for adults. The King of the Mountain is $85. Every participant receives a certificate and there will be medals for major age categories in each of the four runs.
EVENT DETAILS GREATER NOWRA FUN RUN and KING OF THE MOUNTAIN
When: Sunday May 22, 2016
Where: Kangaroo Valley Country Club
To enter: nowrafunrun.com.au
Media information: Scott Westcott on 0402 923 920. E: firstname.lastname@example.org