|Event Focus||Fun Run|
|Event Scope||Local Community|
|Dates||28/05/2016 to 28/05/2016|
|Contact||District Council of Coober Pedy
Other: 08 8672 4600 (Other)
The GREAT Breakaways Marathon, formerly the 35km GREAT Breakaways Bolt, will take place on Saturday 28 May 2016. The race is a marathon length event from the magnificent Breakaways, along the Dog Fence, down the Oodnadatta Track and finishing at the Coober Pedy Town Oval. Participants in the event can walk, run, or ride, choosing to complete the full 42km or a portion of the distance, either 5, 10, 15 or 21km (can only walk to 21km). The GREAT Breakaways Bolt has run annually since 2009 and due to its success and many requests it was extended and given a name change in 2015.
The Marathon takes place over the course of one day and the variety of activities (walking, running & riding) appeals to locals, intrastate, interstate and overseas visitors. The event starts at the town oval where participants meet & check-in before heading out to the Breakaways. The race is one of the cornerstones of Coober Pedy’s community events calendar and promotes exercise and healthy living. The GREAT Breakaways Marathon helps to build strong community bonds and a sense of camaraderie and pride which are essential in such isolated townships. The very nature of the occasion has a low environmental impact and the event Committee aims to make this a ‘leave nothing but footprints’ event.
The GREAT Breakaways Marathon is also a fundraising event for local groups, clubs and/or special projects. Funds are raised through the participant fees & donations. Application for proceeds raised, is by addressing criteria including; why the funds are needed and how they will be used. In 2015 $1,200 was donated to the Outside School Hours Care for purchase of sun shades. In 2014 $2,600 was raised and was donated to the Coober Pedy Karate Club for equipment purchase. In 2013, over $3,000 was donated to the Drive-In Committee to assist with the upgrade of aging and outdated equipment. In past years, funds have been used to develop youth facilities and establish a children’s playground.
The last date for registering to enter the GREAT Breakaways Marathon is Friday 20 May. At OZ Minerals Town Oval on conclusion of the event there will be food, drinks, arts & craft stalls as well as FREE activities for children.