I think it’s safe to say the 2014 Mudgee Running Festival has been one of our best yet, both from a financial standpoint and in terms of it being simply an outstanding day for athletes and spectators.
All events – the 5k and 10k fun runs as well as the marathon and the half – were run this year on one day and not over a Saturday/Sunday combination as it has been in previous years. There will be some improvements for next year, specifically in the 10k event, but overall the feedback suggests the one-day event has been very well received by our athletes as well as the volunteers who were outstanding again this year.
We extend our sincere thanks to these volunteers. Many wonderful people put their hands up to help out in various ways leading into the running festival, on the Saturday with set up and registrations and, of course, on Sunday for the running of the event. We thank you all.
A few highlights …..
Registrations for 2014 were in excess of 650.
5k Fun Run – 289
10k Fun Run – 153
Half Marathon – 151
Full Marathon – 59
Athletes were able to access their results at the finishing line via a number of screens made available by our timing expert, Steve Martin from Orange. Results were also available live on the web. A full results’ list is available here ….. http://mudgeetriclub.hwy.com.au/results/
Our thanks goes to Simon Staines and Robbie Palmer for a wonderfully entertaining job behind the microphone again this year. This certainly kept spirits high and everyone well informed as they called our athletes over the line in their unique, humorous style.
Cool but pleasant conditions were well enjoyed by runners who took on the challenge of marathon and half marathon courses with gusto. Plenty of drink stations along the courses were well stocked with Endura, donated by our sponsor, sweets, water and everything needed by the longer distance runner. Our sincere thank you to those who manned the drink stations this year – another fantastic job in 2014, and a special mention to chief drinks’ station organiser Kim Thomas.
It has to be said those who chose to wear the 2014 running festival t-shirts look fabulous. The predominately silver Mudgee Running Festival shirt was a real stand out on the day.
Generous sponsors are our backbone and it is because of their support that our festival has achieved the great heights it has in 2014. Thank you to these wonderful businesses -
Nortons. Moolarben Coal. Mid-Western Regional Council. Coates Hire. Plumbing Worx. The Soldiers Motel Mudgee. The Office of Communities Sports & Recreation. Mudgee Physio. The Property Shop. Family First Credit Union. BJs Mobile Photographer. Go Vita. Petries Mitre 10. The Quick Brown Fox. Mudgee Loo Hire. South Mudgee Surgery. Blooms The Chemist. Byrnes Jewellers. Lowe Wines.
There’s no doubt the Mudgee community gets behind our running festival. With all this outstanding support, we are proud that the Mudgee Running Festival simply continues to grow, year after year. We look forward to seeing all our sponsors, helpers and of course our fantastic athletes back at the start line in Lawson Park in 2015.