Over half the places have already been snapped up for this year’s Chinny Charge, so register soon if you don’t want to miss out on this once-a-year opportunity to run or walk up Mullumbimby’s piece of paradise, Mount Chincogan.
The date for this year’s event is 21 September, with the main race starting at 2pm. We’re reliably informed by Jenelle Stanford, president of the Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce, that the weather will be perfect this year.
A maximum of 500 people are allowed up on the day. Registration closes on 20 September, but if previous years are anything to go by, if you leave it to the last minute you will miss out. It costs $40 to enter as a runner.
Are you over 12?
Importantly, competitors have to be 12 years and over to run or walk up the mountain. There will be a separate Children’s Challenge to the base of the mountain, which leaves before the main event, at 1.30pm (entry $15).
The race will start and finish outside the fire station, and NSW Fire and Rescue Station 388 will also be assisting with first aid.
Because the Chinny Charge crosses private property, and for insurance reasons, no-one will be able to go up the mountain without being registered.
Dalley Street will be closed for the event in front of the Ex-Services Club, with Mullumbimby Primary School doing delicious food.
To avoid traffic jams near the summit, there will be separate ascent and descent routes on the steepest section.
Organiser Jenelle Stanford describes the Chinny Charge as ‘a very community event’, with strong support from the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club, Historical Society, The Echo, and the Chamber of Commerce among others.
Prizes on offer
There are some serious prizes on offer. The first woman and man across the line will receive prize money of $500 each while second and third will get $300 and $200 respectively. The Echo and Chemsave Pharmacy will be awarding prizes to the first three local women and men across the line with $250, $175 and $75 prizes.
Other awards include the Reg Burns Shield (for the first oldest female across the line) and Dr Suresh Shield (for the first oldest man across the line). The Kevin Moran Shield is awarded for special effort and encouragement of others.
Not all about speed
The speed of the fastest athletes in this event is quite extraordinary. The race leaders will make it to the top and back while mere mortals are just reaching the foothills, but walking is another great way to enjoy Mullumbimby’s mountain. If you are into a beautiful social walk with your community up and down a local icon, it’s only $20 to enter as a walker this year (kids aged 12–18 are $10).
This year’s Chinny Charge will be a green event, with no plastic on the mountain. There will be red frogs and water available however – look for the volunteers in green!