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Dash gathers pace

Saturday, 26th February, 2011

READY TO RUN: Steve Bishop and Emily Townsend get in some training before the big run in close to a month’s time. Picture: Darrin Manuel READY TO RUN: Steve Bishop and Emily Townsend get in some training before the big run in close to a month’s time. Picture: Darrin Manuel

It’s not quite the race that stops a nation but you could say that the YMCA Living Desert Dash is the event that gets Broken Hill moving.
A small army of participants will set out this year for a day of running, jogging or walking from the Living Desert to Picton Oval on Sunday, March 27.
The event attracts entrants from all walks of life for serious competition, or just a lot of fun.
There will be a festive atmosphere at the finish line at Picton Oval with food and stalls, activities and exhibitions.
“Who knows, with the whole community behind it and in future years we can begin to attract some of the big name runners while at the same time developing the festival atmosphere,” committee member Steve Burton said.
“It is, after all, a fun-run and it’s fun, not fame, that motivates most of the entrants.”
Mr Burton also said registrations for the annual event have been strong and the arrangements were going well.
From this year on, anyone who takes part will become inaugural members of the “Living Desert Dash Legends Register”.
“Over the years and with further events, this list will of course thin out. The only way to stay on the ‘Legends Register’ is to be there each and every year.
“In years to come these ‘Living Desert Legends’ will be specifically recognised via a distinctive award system,” Mr Burton said.
Participants can choose to start at 8am for a 10km run or walk, or 8:30am for a 5km run or walk. There is also a short walk for children.
People can pick up entry forms from the YMCA.

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