THE third annual Rochester Fun Run is expected to be even bigger and better than last year.
The event, which is on this Sunday at Rochester Recreation Reserve, attracted more than 300 participants last year, but organisers are now anticipating that number to rise.
‘‘As it stands right now, the numbers are around the same compared to the same time last year,’’ organiser Elliot Bowen said.
‘‘I’d be rapt if we can get 250, but I’m not going to be disappointed if we don’t reach that figure either.
‘‘We’re not concerned about the numbers, it’s more about doing it for a good cause, and that is a reward in itself.’’
The event is hosted by the Rochester Football Netball Club and involves a community fun run or walk along the picturesque Campaspe River walking track in Rochester.
With distances varying from 3km to 10km, there will be a track to suit everyone.
This year, organisers have a powerful motivation in Taylor Marrone, a much-loved local teenager fighting to regain the strength that was stolen from her by a devastating stroke nearly two years ago.
In Taylor’s honour, money raised from this year’s Rochy Fun Run will go towards youth and health programs in the region.
The event is also aimed at promoting physical activity and building community engagement.
An on-site results kiosk will be set up, allowing runners to print out their race times.
The finish line will be a fun spot to hang out while you wait for friends and family to come back, music will be playing as well as providing fruit and Zooper Doopers donated by Majors IGA, bottled water donated by Rochester Dairy and yoghurt donated by Parmalat to refuel.
Earlybird registrations are still open at www.trybooking.com/234858
Early bird prices are adult $20, child $10 and family $50.
Late registrations can be made on the day, with payment by cash or Eftpos.
The committee want to thank the Elmore/Lockington/Rochester Community Bank branches and Shire of Campaspe for making the fun run possible.
For information, phone Elliot on 0427 830 416 or visit the Facebook page ‘Rochester Fun Run 2016’.