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More than half the spots are now gone for the Chincogan Charge run on September 16, so if you want to run or walk up the mountain, now is your chance to book your place.

Go to www.eventwizards.com.au/ and click on The Chincogan Charge link or click here to register.

‘This is our first year of having the run again after 16 years,’ said organiser and Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce president Jenelle Stanford.

‘We are really excited and are looking to expanding the event in the future. If the run goes well this year, the landholders are open to the suggestions that next year we might be able to do a run on Saturday and then have a general access family walk up the mountain on the Sunday.

‘A lot depends on how the race goes this year.’

The Chincogan Charge originally began as a fundraiser for the building of the Mullumbimby swimming pool and in the future it may be able to fund the ­development of a permanent access route to the top.

‘My dream is to open and maintain a path up Mount Chincogan,’ said Jenelle. 

For the serious contenders in the race, local Geoff Bensley has recently worn his GoPro as he ran the route to give potential runners and walkers a chance to check out what they are up against.

‘There are parts of the run that are through bush and steep or rocky,’ continued Jenelle.

‘Not everyone will want to do the last part of the run and there will be a spot before the last climb where people can turn around and head back down the mountain.’

Must be 12 years and older to run

For this year, the run is limited to 12 years old and up and everyone is racing from the Mullumbimby swimming pool up the mountain and back to the Mullumbimby Post Office.

Making this an environmentally friendly event, participants are reminded that there will be water stations located on the mountain so that runners and walkers don’t need to take disposable water bottles with them.

‘We’ve had lots of interest from people who would like to get involved,’ continued Jenelle.

‘So we are now looking at the possibility of starting up the Chincogan Fiesta again that was such a great event for the local community in the past.’

If you are interested in planning for next year’s events and having a role in shaping them then pop in and speak to Jenelle at the Mullumbimby Newsagent, phone her on 0418 487 178 or email her at [email protected].

Punters are also reminded that there is no access to Chincogan prior to the run and that all walkers and runners must be off the mountain by 5.30pm.

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  1. What a wonderful idea. Growing up in Mullumbimby in the 1940-1950’s, climbing Chincogan was something kids in Mullumbimby did on a regular basis.
    Then Chincogan was mostly clear of trees.The paths were clearly defined & the views were wonderful. We had access to climb “Chinny” when ever we wanted. No one said we couldn’t.
    It was the age of freedom when growing up & we were always safe.


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