|Event Focus||Fun Run|
|Event Scope||Local Community|
|Dates||23/05/2015 to 23/05/2015|
|Host||District Council of Coober Pedy
Other: 08 8672 4600 Other
A casual conversation between two Coober Pedy locals, Jayde Frew & Melissa Rosewarne, resulted in the creation of ‘The Great Breakaways Bolt’ which has been held annually since 2009.
The Great Breakaways Bolt marathon style event proceeds 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 completing a portion of the distance together, doing either 5, 10, 15, 20 or the full 35km.
Participants are expected to gather sponsorship from family, friends, work colleagues 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.
In 2015 the Bolt will be run on Saturday 23 May, the 3rd Saturday in May, which will hopefully become the event’s annual weekend. If anyone would like to participate or volunteer in this event or would like more information on the 'Bolt', please contact Clair Alford, Event Officer at the District Council of Coober Pedy on (08) 8672 4624 during office hours or email email@example.com.
Jayde's initial idea was to run 35km to the Breakaways from Coober Pedy as a personal challenge. Melissa then 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 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. The concept eventuated into a Council driven initiative.
1st Male Cyclist – Ilias Katsapouikidis
1st Male Cyclist – Patrick Houweling
1st Kyle Aitken – time 2.05
Child Male Cyclist
Child Female Cyclist
1st Glenn Clarke – time 1.18
1st Jacques Neethling – time 3.02
3rd Male Cyclist: tie between Sebastion Clark, Hugh Bulotano & Joshua Carboni, with time of 3hrs 28min
We entered the 10km walk and had a GREAT time. The scenery was spectacular and everyone involved with the event was friendly. We enjoyed the energy boosting lollies at the checkpoints. The whole event was very well organised. The next day we had time to explore Coober Pedy and found everyone in the town very welcoming and obliging. We flew back home with very pleasant memories of your great little town.
Tony & Wendy Busuttil, travelled from Encounter Bay South Australia 2014
I have done a number of runs throughout Australia and this event is my favourite one.
David Busuttil, travelled from APY Lands, winner 35km run 2012 & 2014