The countdown is officially on for the Greater Casino Fun Run 2017. With just over 3 weeks until the iconic community event, serious runners and first-timers alike are invited to attend the Richmond Valley’s largest and Casino’s favorite sporting event on September 17.

With Early Bird registrations closing next week, event organisers are encouraging schools, teams and individuals to enter the 2017 Greater Casino Fun Run before September 3 to save money.

To help entrants get race ready, Greater Casino Fun Run organisers offer FREE training tips in the lead up to the main event. Weekly training tips will be available from the official Facebook page .

In addition, event organisers have partnered with the Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation, the Casino Aboriginal Health Service (AMS), to offer FREE finisher medals, for the first time, for all participants.

In 2017, the Casino Fun Run will see the first ever Bulgarr Ngaru Schools Challenge taking place. As the event has grown into a much loved community event for all ages and abilities, organisers have collaborated with local schools to get teams of students on board to enter the Richmond Valley’s largest running event.

Casino local and inspirational New York marathon runner, Eilleen Buyers, said the new Bulgarr Ngaru Schools Challenge “will make the event even more fun for everyone, especially when having more participants and the local youth involved.”

“The Greater Casino Fun Run is spectacular! It has for years now established itself as one of the best running events in the region and I am very much looking forward to participating in the event,” Eileen said.

Event organiser Peta Moloney, from the Casino Little Athletics Club, said: “We are delighted to be able to announce those new initiatives in 2017 that we believe will make the event even more enjoyable for everyone and add value to our participants experience such as the free medals, free weekly training tips plus the all-time favourite free Greater Bank towels and sweat bands for all participants.”

Peta said the fun run is being held for a fourth year thanks to the support of commercial partners Greater Bank, Richmond Valley Council, Casino RSM Club, Parker and Kissane and Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation.

Greater Bank Casino branch manager Tracey Parkes said the event is one of 15 RunNSW community fun runs it is supporting across NSW in 2017. She said the event will be supporting the charity Starlight Foundation. “I encourage people from across the Richmond Valley and surrounding areas to join Greater Bank in supporting this great community event and a great cause,” Ms Parkes said.

For more information and to enter the Greater Casino Fun Run visit <span “>www.casinofunrun.com.au.

EVENT DETAILS – GREATER BANK CASINO FUN RUN

When: Sunday, 17 September 2017 | Where: Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino

Tickets: Early Bird ends on September 3, registrations available at www.casinofunrun.com.au