The extended program of the Tamworth Running Festival has brought in some big numbers this year, as well as some good competition across all races tomorrow.
Organiser Jeff Benson said the real showdown will be in the women’s half marathon where three local girls will go head to head.
“Mia Cottrell-Dormer, Kelly Moore, and Zoe Radford are amazing athletes and will push each other all the way. This will be the race to watch on the day,” Benson said.
Moore has recently qualified for the world amateur championships in Las Vegas next month, and has been training with Cottrell-Dormer.
“Mia and Zoe are great athletes, it is a pretty hot field,” Moore said.
“Zoe is young and very quick, she will be up the front.”
Cottrell Dormer is using the 22.1km race in preparation for the Port Macquarie half iron man, and agrees that Radford will be in the mix.
“It’s great, the 10km is too short and fast for me,” Cottrell-Dormer said.
“Kelly is in good form, although if Zoe has been training I think she will be the one to beat.”
Both fitness enthusiasts said they won’t be leading out fast, but racing conservatively to see what happens at the end.
“I think there will be some young ones leading out hard, I will just watch them and see what I have got left in the tank,” Cottrell-Dormer said.
Hugh Williams from Inverell and Megan Isbester from Gunnedah are the ones to watch in the 10, both have previously won the event, and Williams is expected to run the 10km in under 31 minutes.
“These are only the athletes we know of, with so many entries someone could just show out of the blue and blitz everyone,” Benson said.
To celebrate 40 years of Australia’s third oldest fun run, the start line has been moved back in front of the Town Hall, as it was originally.
The course has also changed this year, a flatter more picturesque course has been mapped out that includes King George V Ave and some extra riverside metres, although it will still finish at No.1 Oval.
In addition to the 10 km event and the half marathon, a 5km fun run, and a 4km community walk has been added, as well as the 60m dash for cash event.
Whilst entries for the runs are now closed the walk is open for everyone to enter on the day with organisers expecting an extra 150 people to get involved.