Perfect day in paradise for a run . . . or a walk
More than 1100 people donned joggers and floppy hats to take to the streets for what has already become a much-loved community event.
Organiser Mehil Beckerman reported a day of happy people and minimal hitches, with all the improvements made since last year adding up to a smoothly run event this time.
“It’s been a lot of hard work,” said Mehil.
“But so many people came to thank me for putting it on.”
Age was no barrier when it came to joining in the fun, with three-month-old Louis Youl doing the distance in the comfort of a sling around his mum, and almost-90-year-old Richard Kidby starting out a little early “so as not to hold up the traffic”.
Both Louis and Richard won awards for their feat of finishing as the youngest and oldest competitors.
Their trophies were handed over by those who won in that category last year.
“I thought that was really touching,” said Mehil.
“And for me was one of the highlights of the day.”
Outright winner was Dick Fitzsimmons from Tweed Heads, who finished in at 35 minutes 34 seconds.
The first woman home was Jacque McKenzie, who finished the race in 41 minutes 47 seconds.
A new award this year went to the largest team to finish, won by the Murwillumbah Volleys with 22 finishers, with runners-up Craig Watson Pharmacy, Byron Bootcamp and Oz Brokers Coast.
Another new one was the everyday hero top fundraiser, won by Ross Allen of Mullumbimby for $1805 raised for WellWishers, an organisation that provides fresh water to villages in Ethiopia.
And while most people wore shorts and singlets, Monte Goldenberg of Brunswick Heads threw on a big black wig and jacket to take out the prize for best fancy dress.