BOTH training and fundraising for this year’s Johnno’s Run is stepping up ahead of the July 30 event.
And the Rich River Golf Club will host a charity golf day on May 26 to help support the important Echuca Community Living and Respite Services cause.
As the participants continue to train, both by themselves and led by Brady Threlfall, Brett Sands and Anthony Farrant, more than 130 people have signed up for the run so far with nearly $10,000 raised still more than two months out.
Participants will be part of Run Melbourne fun run, and will enter the 5km, 10km or half marathon events.
CLRS chief executive officer Suzanna Barry said she could see the number of participants potentially pushing 200, a huge increase on last year’s 129 runners.
‘‘Right now we have 133 people registered to run this year but we’re still aware of more groups wanting to join,’’ Barry said.
‘‘We think it’s likely 200 people will run which is fantastic. It raises awareness and provides us with fantastic support.’’
This year’s run is raising funds for the Opening Doors Project, in which CLRS is building a home for four people with a disability to be staffed with carers on-site, as well as two individual units designed to allow more independence to people with a disability.
‘‘We find people with disability are often living at home with their elderly parents,’’ Barry said.
‘‘This year’s run is on July 30 which is very close to the expected completion date of the project. It’s great people can see what they are running for, something with a lasting community impact.’’
Last year’s run raised $81,736 for the project.
Training sessions will continue to run each Monday night at 5.15pm, the runners meeting at the entrance of Echuca’s Scenic Drive.
The golf day will see 12 holes of short course golf in two person ambrose competition.
The $250 per pair event includes the use of a golf cart, free day use of the driving range, four drink vouchers and finger food.
A $150 nearest the pin prize will be in existence at each of the 12 par 3 holes.
Rich River Golf Club can be contacted on 5481 3372 for information about purchasing tickets.
People interested in running in the event or donating to the team can visit www.clrs.org.au/johnnosrun.