Coober Pedy
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The Great Breakaways Bolt

Event Type Sport
Event Focus Fun Run
Event Reach All
Event Scope Local Community
Dates 31/05/2014 to 31/05/2014
Start Time 8.00am
Host District Council of Coober Pedy
Other: 08 8672 4600 Other

The Great Breakaways Bolt

As a casual conversation between two local Coober Pedy girls, Jayde Frew & Melissa Rosewarne, resulted in The Great Breakaways Bolt. Jayde's initial idea was to run 35kms to the Breakaways from Coober Pedy as a personal challenge. Then Melissa suggested that Jayde should raise money to complete the challenge and donate to a good cause. Knowing that Tanya Lauder had been trying to raise money for a new playground, the chat between the two girls soon evolved into the idea of a marathon style fundraising event. This would involve the whole community with donations and secured sponsorships to raise funds for a new playground in town.

Early September 2009 became the target for the event to coincide with Father's Day, when traditionally the community gets together for a special day to honor dads. The concept  eventuated into a Council driven initiative.

The Great Breakaways Bolt marathon style event travels from the Breakaways, along the Dog Fence down the Kempe Road (road to Oodnadatta) and finishes at the Town Oval where the event is wrapped up with a BBQ and band.

Participants in the 'Bolt' can either walk, run or ride the distance as a personal challenge or as a group walking, riding or running a portion of the distance together, doing either 5, 10, 15, 20 or the full 35kms. 

Participants are expected to gather sponsorship from family, friends, work collegues or organisations to complete the distance they have nominated. The money raised will go to a community group or cause that has been chosen by the 'Bolt' Committee by way of application in writing.

The Bolt will be run on the 31st May 2014 so if anyone would like to participate or volunteer in this event or would like more information on the 'Bolt', please contact Clair Alford at the District Council of Coober Pedy on (08) 8672 4600 during office hours or email

Breakaways Bolt Entry Form(226 kb)

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The Bolt Gallery

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