ARRANGEMENTS are in place for the new-look Bridge to Bridge in Cohuna next Sunday, and local entrants have been testing the track in the lead up to the event.
Rob Merkel will be running the 21.1-kilometre half marathon, which starts at Daltons Bridge and winds through the Gunbower National Park before emerging onto Island Road from Rifle Butt Road and finishing at the town bridge in Cohuna.
His wife, Nicky, and daughters, Amber and Bayley, will take part in the 6.5-kilometre run/walk, which is flat, fully sealed and well shaded, and follows Gunbower Creek along Island Road from Daltons Bridge back into town.
The 26th annual Bridge to Bridge is being run under the umbrella of the Cohuna and District Progress Association for the first time this year, and organisers, who have decided against running water events, are emphasising the natural beauty and appeal of the Gunbower forest area, with trophies for the races crafted from timber cut by Koondrook firm, Arbuthnot Sawmills.
Event co-ordinator Kristin Nicholson said an electronic timing system had been adopted, marshals and first aiders were organised for the event, and there had been a very positive response from local businesses in taking up sponsorship opportunities.
"We're confident this will be an enjoyable event, everything will run smoothly and we will be able to make a large donation to the hospital," Mrs Nicholson said.
All money raised, surplus to operating costs, will go to Cohuna District Hospital for equipment for its dialysis and day infusion treatment room.
2019 Bridge to Bridge events
(Online entries close 11.59pm Saturday, March 2)
21.1km - half marathon - trail run
12.5km trail run
6.5km fun run/walk
1.6km junior "mini-miler"
6.5km junior cycle
Entries and more information: bridgetobridge.org.au