Pentath may have over 500 runners
WARWICK Pentath-run race director Robbie Stewart is confident the race is on track to better his goal of 500 runners.
Mr Stewart said the race, to be held this weekend, so far had 330 entrants, on par with last year.
For the uninitiated, the Pentath-run is a marathon (42.2km) split into five events across two days.
Mr Stewart said the half marathon had 213 entrants while 136 people had entered all five events.
Whether they break the 500-runner mark will depend on local support in the next couple of days, with most entrants currently from out of town.
This year the Noosa Running Festival has been scheduled on the same weekend as the Warwick Pentath-run, something which disappointed Mr Stewart.
“Competitors who normally do both events now have to choose,” he said.
“We keep the same dates year to year ... we’d like to think that we’re stronger than them so won’t change our dates.”
Mr Stewart said one wheelchair-racer who had entered would participate in all events bar the cross country.
He said ideal, if chilly, running conditions were forecast for the weekend, after last year’s rainy and miserable effort.
“It would be nice to see some fast runners out,” he said.
Mr Stewart said CFM presenter MJ would conduct a live broadcast from the rotunda in Leslie Park on Sunday during the 1500 metre race, which would be the most exciting spectator event at the weekend.
“About 300 people running over 1500 metres in the CBD, with the quickest coming in at four minutes, will be pretty exciting,” he said.
Warwick State High School students and other volunteers will staff drink stations on all races and hospitality students will cater for the presentation dinner on Saturday night.
Mr Stewart said the dinner would be held from 6pm-9pm at the Warwick State High School Assembly Hall and he asked people to contact him if they wanted to attend.
All competitors need to drop into the Warwick State High School after 6pm Friday or from 5.30am Saturday to pick up their race bags, which will include their race chip and race number.
Mr Stewart reminded all competitors that they must return race chips or be slapped with a $50 fee.
Competitors can sign up on the day but should arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of their race.
Inquiries to www.pentathrun.com or Mr Stewart on 0438 611 483.
7am Saturday – half marathon from Warwick to Yangan
Midday Saturday – 4.6km cross country at Morgan Park
3pm Saturday – 5km road run at Sandy Creek
7.15am Sunday – 10km road run from Killarney to Queen Mary Falls
11.30am Sunday – 1500m road run in Warwick CBD