WANGARATTA Fun Run co-organiser Justin Scholz has declared yesterday’s event the best yet but has already begun planning for an even bigger 2014 with the addition of a 100km race.
More than 1600 entrants competed in yesterday’s Garry Nash First National Marathon and Half Marathons and CVGT Australia Wangaratta Fun Runs (10km, 5km, 2km).
While the shorter events were very popular, the inaugural marathon and half marathons were also well supported despite the warm weather.
Scholz said he couldn’t have hoped for a better day than what was offered up yesterday.
“We’re rapt,” he said.
“We’re stoked, we’re happy, we’re grateful and we’re already looking ahead to next year.
“We worked hard to get that many entrants but it was unexpected.
“There was 178 finishes two years ago and 530 last year.
“We took a lot of advice from a lot of people and we think we got the outcome that the event deserves.”
While happy for each individual that took part in the events, Scholz heaped plenty of praise for the success of the day on his team of hard working volunteers, particularly those on the registration desk.
“We had 120 registrations on Saturday so I think the team was a little nervous about how many they would get before the race (on Sunday),” he said.
“But the people on the registration desks were excited and well drilled and determined to make sure the events got away on time.
“That was the best thing – everything went smoothly and I’m rapt for my team and the work they did.”
Looking ahead to 2014, the Scholz’s will undoubtedly be aiming for 2000 registrations and with the additions of the 100km event, Justin said planning had already begun.
“We’re will look at adding a 100km event and that will probably start around midnight Saturday or 2am Sunday morning,” he said.
“As with the other events we’ll look to increase the sizes of them as well.
“We need to work out the logistics and obviously we’ll be working with council as well.”