Not too late to sign on to run
RACE the Rattler: Gympie's famous footrace is on this Queen's Birthday Monday and organisers say it's not too late to enter.
Race the Rattler, one of Gympie's biggest annual athletics events, has new 2012 sponsors including Jetts Fitness Gympie.
Valley Rattler manager Jim Walker said the team was proud to have Jetts Gympie as major sponsor.
"It's great to have this support from a business in the local community, along with the contributions from other sponsors that allow it all to happen," Mr Walker said.
"It's man and woman against the machine, with the score so far 7-6 in favour of the Rattler."
Mr Walker said there were still places available for more individual runners as well as teams and urged nominees to have their entries in as soon as possible.
Those who would like to take part in a more relaxed fashion can cheer the runners on from the comfort of the steam train as it races back to Gympie.
"We have limited space on the train and it's a case of first in best dressed," Mr Walker said.
He invited spectators to hurry and book a place to take a ride aboard the steamer while enjoying the lush valley and some healthy competition.
Mr Walker said riding the Rattler while it raced the runners was a once-a-year opportunity and always a lot of fun.
Anyone looking for more information can contact the Valley Rattler on 5482 2750, or www.thevalleyrattler.com.
Engine ready to race
The Race the Rattler is an 18.5km foot race from the Mary Valley township of Dagun, running against the C17 steam train with supporters aboard.
Along with the individual race, a team challenge will again be part of the June 11 event with four runners per team.
Each team member has to complete about 4.5km of the 18km run.
Entry fees for the race are $37 per individual entrant or $116 for each team.
All proceeds raised from the event will help the Mary Valley Heritage Railway Museum and assist with the expansion of its operations, enabling it to achieve the ultimate aim of operating steam trips seven days a week.
All entrants receive a commemorative t-shirt, sponsor products and entry into the lucky draws.
In addition, the first 300 entrants will receive a trip aboard the Valley Rattler from the old Gympie Railway Station to the start of the race at Dagun.
The event will start at 7.45am with the departure of the Valley Rattler from the old Gympie Railway Station with the entrants on board.
The race starts at 9.30am at the Dagun railway crossing.
Relay shuttle buses will take the team members to the changeover points, then pick-up from the changeover points and take them to the finish line.
Phone the Mary Valley Heritage Railway on 5482 2750 for entry forms.