Runners lace up for inaugural festival

Runners lace up for inaugural festival

People will be lacing up their running shoes for the inaugural Coonawarra Running Festival this weekend.

The much-anticipated event will be held at Coonawarra Park and will raise funds for Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation.

Excitement has been building for the festival since it was announced last year and registrations have been received from far and wide.

Participants can collect their race day kit tomorrow from Coonawarra Hall between 5pm and 8pm or from 7.30am Saturday.

Everyone is encouraged to bring their own water bottle as the event is environmentally-conscious and trying to limit the use of single-use water bottles.

A water station will be available at the event for people to fill up their water bottles.

The start times for each race are 21km at 9am, 12km at 10am, 6km at 11am, Wobbly Winery Walk at 11am shortly after the 6km starts, 1km at 11.30am and the Mini Fun-Run at 12pm.

Participants are asked to arrive 30 minutes before their race start time and listen to the call-up over the speakers and group warm-ups will be held 10 minutes before each race by the stage.

All registered participants in the running events will receive a medal and Wobbly Winery Walkers will receive a wine glass.

Presentations will be held at 1pm and timing closes at 2pm.

People can wander through a variety of market stalls, enjoy an array of food and beverages and plenty of entertainment while soaking up the festival atmosphere.

People are encouraged to be sun-smart by bringing a hat and sunscreen along with warm clothes to wear after their race.

Registrations are now closed for this event and due to the committee receiving a tremendous response they are unable to offer registrations on the day.

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