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Just a dash

Friday, 5th April, 2013

(From left) YMCA employee Teegan Ralph, last year’s Desert Dash winners Lucy Netherwood, Erin Seward and older competitor Ramon Ware. (From left) YMCA employee Teegan Ralph, last year’s Desert Dash winners Lucy Netherwood, Erin Seward and older competitor Ramon Ware.

By Emily Roberts

The Living Desert Dash is the race to get people moving and it's on this weekend.

The YMCA Living Desert Dash is in its third year and is being held on Sunday.

YMCA Customer Service officer, Elysha Rogers said the race starts at 8.30am.

"We have two buses leaving from Picton Oval at 7.15am and 7.45am," Ms Rogers said.

"They will take the entrants to the sculptures."

She said there will be a return bus from about 10am and another on 10.30am depending on when the racing finishes.

"We have about 100 entrants and Willyama High School have entered 24 students into the Dash," Ms Rogers said.

"We would love to see more entries."

The entries for the Dash close tonight at 8pm at the YMCA.

"We are also still looking for volunteers, they can help with the barbecue or spot on the track," Ms Rogers said.

"There are a lot of people who are excited to be entering into the race, you don't have to be extremely fit to have a go."

Anyone interested can competed in a 3 km walk/run, primary students can compete in a 3km walk/run. There is a 10km for under 18 and 10km for over 40, there is also a 10 km open category.

As well as 10km categories, there is a 5km walk/run with all the same age groups.

Adults are $22 to enter, under 18 are $15 and under 13 are free. T-shirts are $18.

At 82 years of age, Ramon Ware is one of the oldest competitors in the race.

Mr Ware said he has competed in all of the races.

"The first time, I did it - it was pretty hard because it was so cold," he said.

"The second time I ran better." Mr Ware has also competed in the 2010 City to Bay run.

"It was longer but it was as bad because after the first hill, it went downhill from there."

Mr Ware said he walks to keep himself healthy, but he doesn't do any specific training for the Desert Dash.

The winner and the runner-up of last year's Open category; Erin Seward and Lucy Netherwood will be competing again.

"I have done a little bit of training but I haven't done any hill running," Ms Netherwood said.

"I will be competing in the 10km run/ walk again."

Ms Seward said she will also be competing in the same race again.

"I've been doing exercise classes and running a bit to prepare," she said.

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