For the first time in 16 years the Chinny Charge is on again!
This Saturday September 16, 500 people will be running and walking up Mount Chincogan to win prizes – or in many cases just to enjoy the view.
While places are now fully booked, those running are reminded that there are to be no dogs or smoking on the mountain.
The race will start at the Mullumbimby Memorial Petria Thomas Swimming Pool at 2pm. It will be started by race winner Colin Creighton, who won the second Chinny Charge in bare feet with four stitches in his big toe in 1967.
After doing the mountain dash, the keenest of runners will charge back into town and cross the finishing line at the Mullumbimby Post Office.
Don’t forget you can confirm your place in the race from 12 noon at the Mullumbimby Swimming Pool.
If you would like to win a $200 prize from Mullumbimby IGA you can try and guess the winning time. Fill out the form (on page 10) and make your best guess.
Pop your entry into the box at the IGA and the Mullumbimby Newsagents. The entry box will move to the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club on the day. You will be able to submit your guess up until the beginning of the race.
Do you know anyone who is running the race who deserves recognition for ‘special effort and encouragement of others’? If you do, or if you are in or watching the race and notice anyone who does something that makes you think they should get recognition for their actions, then let the organisers know.
You can give them suggestions in writing at the table where the race begins or where the race ends.
Kevin Moran Memorial
The Kevin Moran Memorial Shield will be awarded for special effort and encouragement of others and was donated in his memory by Kevin’s closest friends and adopted family – the Davis family of Main Arm. Kevin was a man who liked a challenge and had run the Chincogan Charge numerous times even after he required kidney dialysis, a kidney transplant and coronary bypass surgery.
The shield was first awarded to local Dr Suresh in 1991, who himself ran 26 consecutive races up Mount Chincogan between 1975 and 2001.
Water stations will be placed on the mountain so keep it green and clean and use their recyclable cups or take your own water bottle to refill.
An historical exhibition on the history of the Chinny Charge and the Chincogan Fiesta will also be on show in the auditorium of the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club.
MC Ellen Briggs will present awards to the winners from 4pm in the park around the Civic Centre. There will be awards for fastest overall runners, fastest local runners, oldest runners and the special-merit Kevin Moran Shield.
There will also be drinks and food stalls.
If you are interested in helping to plan next year’s event, pop in and speak to Jenelle at the Mullumbimby Newsagent, phone her on 0418 487 178 or email her at [email protected]