More than 2200 start in the Rocky River Run this morning
UPDATE, 10am Sunday: More than 2200 runners, walkers and wheelers enjoyed today's sunny conditions as they started in the Rocky River Run after a rush of late entries.
5PM, Saturday: More than 2000 runners, walkers and wheelers will face the starter's gun at tomorrow's Rocky River Run after hundreds of people registered today.
Almost 2000 had registered online by Friday and today more than 200 more had registered at the Huish Drive, venue for the race.
Organisers were thrilled at reaching the 2013 race target of 2000 and with even more people expected to sign on before the start tomorrow the field could hit 2500.
Saturday: ON your marks, get set, go!
The 2013 Rocky River Run is just one more sleep away and runners, walkers and competitors on wheels are gearing up for the annual fundraising event.
Rotary Club of Rockhampton organisers worked relentlessly over the past 12 months to make the event, which raises money and awareness for the prevention of youth suicide, anxiety and depression, a huge success.
Organiser Geoff Boneham said there had been a tremendous response from the community and from schools in particular, entering large groups of students to take part in various events during the day.
This year's target of reaching more than 2000 entrants had nearly been met, and an hour before online registrations closed yesterday, the number of entries stood at 1800.
"Last year we got over 500 manual entries on the Saturday morning before the run, and we expect that to happen again - so we're really pleased we should better our target," Boneham said.
Registered runners/walkers can pick up their bibs today from Huish Drive, Victoria Park, to avoid rushing tomorrow morning, but if you cannot make it today, before the event is fine too, Boneham added.
If you haven't registered online, this can also be done in person at Huish Drive, where the race starts and finishes.
"Entrants can register up to half an hour before their event starts," Boneham said.
The Rocky River Run features an event to suit all athletes of every level.
The 21km half marathon, which starts at 6.30am, has more than 150 runners registered for it this year.
At 7am, the 10km gets under way, followed by all 5km events at 8.30am, and the 2km run or walk/wheel at 8.45am.
Timed competitors will lead out the field, followed by social participants.
There will be water and Honey Shotz on course for the 10km and 21km races, and at the finish line, there will be fruit, water, lollies and Honey Shotz available.
Don't forget your:
- Running shoes and socks
- Full drink bottle - water or electrolytes
- Asthma inhaler if needed
- Warm clothing for before and after the race
- A winning smile!