Excitement builds for running event

Excitement is building for the inaugural Coonawarra Running Festival, a fundraising event for mental health which is set to take place on November 5.

Coonawarra Running Festival Committee member Sandra Wallis said they had already received a significant number of registrations.

“We’re pretty excited really, because the event is still five months out and we have got registrations coming through already so it’s great,” she said.

“We have got some people registered from Victoria, Adelaide and Mount Gambier.

“We have heard lots of people have started their training and are expecting to register soon as well.”

Those who register before June 30 will go in the draw to win a Toffee and Treats of Penola gift hamper.

The event will raise funds for Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation, an Australian foundation dedicated to creating a life free from mental illness.

“We’re getting a lot of support from Breakthrough, they’re pushing it through all their networks,” Mrs Wallis said.

The action will take place at Coonawarra Park, where people can enjoy a festival atmosphere with food, beverages, music and market stalls.

People can run 21km, 10km, 5km or 1km along the new Coonawarra Rail Trail along with kids events and a 5km ‘Wobbly Winery Walk’.

The Wobbly Winery Walk is sure to be a highlight, where people can wander through the wine region with stops at various cellar doors for wine tastings.

Runner and former Naracoorte woman Jessica Trengove is the event ambassador, who has competed and been successful in various Olympics, Commonwealth Games, World Championships and Marathons.

“We’re absolutely thrilled she can come on board for us,” Mrs Wallis said.

Mrs Wallis said they were always looking for more market stalls and would be seeking volunteers to assist with hosting the day.

Visit www.coonawarrarunningfestival.com.au for registrations for the festival and market stalls.

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