While the cold wind is biting from the Antarctic blasts now is the time to think about joining the Chinny Charge – that’s right, what better way to warm the cockles than charging up your local mountain?
Nominations have opened today, June 5, to register to walk or run up Mount Chincogan as part of the Chinny Charge on Saturday September 21.
This year things are being run a little differently with both a competitive and non-competitive sign-on.
Organiser and Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce president Jenelle Stanford says the entry fee has been kept low for the non-competitive entries just to cover costs for people who would like to walk rather than run up the mountain.
The first Chincogan Charge, run in 1960, was set up as a fundraiser to build the Mullumbimby swimming pool with the second race being run in 1967 to celebrate its opening. Before that locals had swum in the Brunswick River near the old Mullum Industrial Estate where you can now launch boats into the river.
According to Reg Byrnes’s book, Mullumbimby Happenings, in the 1920s two pontoons were built on either side of the Brunswick River. During the early 1930s, a 30ft diving tower was built on the other side of the river as well as smaller diving pool. This was dismantled in the late 1930s after a major flood weakened the poles.
Further flooding damaged the pontoons in the river and, in 1949, a group came together to work towards a chlorinated learn-to-swim pool in Mullumbimby.
The race was revived by the Mullum Chamber of Commerce in 2017 after a 16 year hiatus and now attracts competitive runners who compete for prizes for the fastest to complete the race as well as the first local over the line. Last year the first man across the line was Nathan Powell in 25.15 minutes and the first woman woman was Sophia McCarthy in 31.44 minutes.
Places to go up the mountain are limited and this is the only day of the year that the track is open.
‘Those who haven’t registered will not be allowed to enter the mountain,’ said Jenelle.
‘To keep it safe there is still a limit on the number of people on the mountain so to avoid disappointment register early’
The race starts from the Mullumbimby post office at 2pm and everyone must be off the mountain by 5pm.
To register visit (https://www.eventwizards.com.