Event continues to grow in numbers

SOME got up before the crack of dawn, others waited until later hours of the morning, but the Wangaratta Marathon and Fun Run was consistently buzzing with people.

Starting and ending at Norm Minns Oval, the 2015 event garnered more than 200 entrants to the marathon with 176 runners crossing the finish line, according to preliminary results.

In other races, preliminary numbers indicate growth in the half marathon, 10km and 5km events, while the 2km Primary School Challenge also interested a huge number of kids, according to event organiser Justin Scholz.

“We haven’t worked out exact numbers yet, but at the moment we’re sitting nicely in front of 2014, with massive additional entries in the marathon and finishers of the marathon,” Scholz told the Wangaratta Chronicle yesterday afternoon.

“We had around 530 kids in the 2km Primary School Challenge and that’s a fantastic effort from those kids.

“We would still like to see more kids participating in this event because we want to see kids getting out and doing health and fitness activities.

“We’re working with schools and parents to see how we can try and get those numbers up again next year.”