Competitors in last year’s Race the Rattler begin the 18.5 kilometre journey back to the Gympie Old Railway Station. Now is the time to register for this year’s event.
Competitors in last year’s Race the Rattler begin the 18.5 kilometre journey back to the Gympie Old Railway Station. Now is the time to register for this year’s event. Renee Pilcher

Rattler race nearing

RACE the Rattler is three weeks away and Valley Rattler marketing officer Camilla King is encouraging runners to submit their entry forms.

The event, in its 12th year, will be held on Monday, June 14 over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

Race the Rattler is the Valley Rattler’s premier event, featuring a field of 300 runners attempting to outrun the historic and fully restored Valley Rattler steam train.

Its popularity over time ensures a strong field of competitors attend, coming from all over the Sunshine Coast and as far away as Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

The race has a shotgun start at the Dagun Railway Station and runners negotiate a testing 18.5 kilometre course back to the Old Gympie Station.

In hot pursuit is the Valley Rattler and returning to the controls for the second year running is driver Peter Alder.

Alder will be keen on exacting revenge after his debut in the event last year produced a win to the runners. It’s a result he is keen to overturn.

The first of the runners is expected to hit the Old Gympie Station at 10.30am with entertainment commencing earlier at 10am. Food and drinks will be available.

Supporters can purchase tickets to cheer runners on their journey back to Gympie aboard the Valley Rattler. Cost is $25 per adult and $10 per child. This includes a bus transfer from the Old Gympie Station to Dagun for the start.

Registering for the Race the Rattler is easy.

Contact the Valley Rattler on 5482 2750 or visit the website www.thevalleyrattler.com

Race entries will close on Thursday, June 10.

Gympie Times


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