Bridge run through forest

RUNNING, walking and riding will be the key features of the new-look Cohuna Bridge to Bridge events on Sunday.

A feature event will be a challenging 21.1-kilometre half marathon that will traverse part of the Gunbower National Park.

The Bridge to Bridge half marathon will be run through the forest.

The Bridge to Bridge half marathon will be run through the forest.

Two cycling races and more leisurely runs and walks are also on the program.

The running events will replace the previous blue-ribbon eight-kilometre swim from Dalton's Bridge to the town bridge.

The half marathon will start at Daltons Bridge and competitors will run through the picturesque Gunbower Island bush, emerge onto Island Road from Rifle Butt Road and finish at the Gunbower Creek bridge in town.

One event that has been retained is the 6.5-kilometre run/walk, which is flat, fully sealed and well shaded, and follows the 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.

Event co-ordinator Kristin Nicholson said that the events have been planned to take advantage of the natural beauty and appeal of the forest area.

Two cycling races - covering 50 kilometres and 25 kilometres - have also been retained. 

All money raised will benefit Cohuna District Hospital for equipment for its dialysis and day infusion treatment room.

"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.

Online registrations are open at cohunabridge2bridge@gmail.com. 

• Canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddle board enthusiasts will be able to take on a new Gunbower Creek challenge later next month when Australia's first creek paddling marathon is held over 46 kilometres between Gunbower and Cohuna.

The event is scheduled for March 23.

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