Hundreds are expected to race against the PS Pevensey and PS Adelaide in tomorrow's Sweat v Steam Fun Run.By Luke McManus
More than 700 competitors will take part in the 15th annual Sweat v Steam Fun Run on Sunday.
Entrants of all ages, from around the district and from afar, will don their running shoes for the customary 5km and 12.5km races against the PS Pevensey and PS Adelaide.
As of 5pm yesterday, 697 competitors were officially registered, a number which was expected to jump considerably by last night’s 7pm cut off, according to Bendigo Regional YMCA chief executive Michael Bailey.
‘‘There’s always a late flurry, so we’re expecting a few more by the start of the race on Sunday,’’ Bailey said.
‘‘What attracts so many people is the different aspects the event provides — it’s not just a fun run — it’s a true community event.’’
Due to the growing number of entrants, up from a capped 600-strong field last year, the event’s organising committee successfully rectified ‘‘logistical’’ restrictions during the past 12 months, which has allowed that number to soar.
‘‘Work has been done to open it up and ensure more people could take part,’’ Bailey said.
‘‘The organising committee has driven this but the community support makes it. Not just from the runners but from businesses as the sponsorship has been phenomenal.
‘‘The interest year after year is growing great guns and we’re so appreciative of everyone who gets involved.’’
‘‘It just provides other opportunities to attract funding.’’
Starting across from the Bridge Hotel, the 12.5km leg will kick off 8am, while the 5km race will follow at 8.10am.
Entrants are encouraged to pick up their race-day bibs at the Back Nine Golf Club between 10am and 2pm tomorrow.
Coinciding with the fun run is the Echuca Mini Marathon’s 8km paddle which starts at 11am.
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