The moment everyone has been waiting for has finally arrived! The Chincogan Charge has officially launched its website and has opened for registrations here.
Places are limited to 500 for both runners and walkers, said local organiser and Chamber of Commerce president Jenelle Stanford. To register you must be 12 or over as anyone under 12 is not covered by insurance.
Starting at the Mullumbimby swimming pool, that the first Chinny Charges were organised to build, the almost 7km run will take place on Saturday September 16 at 2pm. It will head to the top of Mt Chincogan and then back down to finish at the post office on the corner of Burringbar and Dalley Streets.
The fastest runners often get back in just over half an hour. No water bottles can be taken on the run and water and first aid stations will be set up by the Mullumbimby Fire Brigade.
Local service clubs will be providing stalls with food and drinks in the park around the Civic Centre before and after the run for participants and spectators. Anyone over the age of 18 who would like something stronger can head over to the Ex-Services Club for a quick tipple.
‘The Brunswick Valley Historical Society has put together an exhibition on the history of the Chicogan Charge that will be on display for everyone in the auditorium at the Ex-Services Club, and that will include footage of the old Chincogan Charge,’ said Jenelle.
The first woman and man across the line will both receive $500; second prize is $350 and third $150 donated by the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club. The Echo is donating the prizes for the first three local women and men across the line who will receive $300, $150 and $50 respectively.
Trophies on offer
The Reg Byrnes perpetual trophy will go to the oldest woman who runs the race and the Dr Suresh perpetual trophy will be awarded to the oldest man; both come with $100 prizemoney. The Kevin Moran memorial shield will be awarded to a runner who demonstrates special effort and encouragement of others. Presentations will take place in the park around the Civic Centre at 4pm.
Organisers would like to remind everyone that the run takes place across private property and that it will only be open for the run on Saturday September 16. The route is not open to the public at any other time.
Walkers who register for the event will need to be off the mountain by 5.30pm and only registered participants will be allowed to access the route.