As many as 500 recreational runners are again expected to descend on Robe next month.
Given the huge success of the inaugural 2023 Robe Run event, the Adelaide Trail Runners have decided to host the annual Robe Run again on February 10.
Early registrations have been lodged in large numbers giving organisers hope the 500+ figure of a year ago may be exceeded.
As before, the runners will skirt Guichen Bay and head as far as Long Beach.
All races will start and finish near the foreshore and opposite the Robe Institute and war memorial.
The event offers a full 42.2km marathon, 21.1km half marathon, 14km run and a 4km fun run.
Participants in the aptly-named Robe Fun Run on February 9 will be obliged to wear a bath robe for the run/walk to the Cape Dombey Obelisk and return.
“We would like to see as many runners as possible wearing their best ‘robe’ for a very casual run/jog/walk to The Obelisk and back,” a spokesperson said.
“This is not a timed event and runners are welcome to cut it short if they wish.
“Slippers are optional.”
Entry fees range up to $159 for the marathon.
The 2023 Robe Run event saw 453 standard entries and 45 local football entries into the different course options.
This was well beyond the initial goal of about 200 entries.
According to a staff report to Robe District Council, 25% of the 453 entrants were visiting Robe for the first time.
The report noted most entrants were travelling with 1-2 other people and so approximately 1000 people came to Robe.
Spendmapp data showed there was a 14% increase in spending on the day of this event, in comparison to the year prior.
The council accepted a staff recommendation to waive certain hire fees and provide for road closures to assist the 2024 Robe Run.