Runners pound the pavement for Race the Rattler 2011.
Runners pound the pavement for Race the Rattler 2011. Craig Warhurst

Stags to join iconic run

GYMPIE will put forward a whopping five teams for the Jetts Fitness Gympie Race the Rattler this Monday.

The Rugby League team will join runners from up and down Australia's East Coast as they hit the pavement to challenge Gympie's iconic Valley Rattler.

Stags spokeswoman Jenny Carlson said was surprised by the enthusiasm of team to be involved with the run.

She said once she had mentioned the idea of running in the event to the team, the response she received was "when can we do it?"

Carlson said it was a great way for the team to be involved with their community.

"It's an extremely good community event to be involved in.

"It's an extremely good training run and good team bonding," she said.

They will represent the Stags by running in their club shirts and will use the event as a chance for a team get-together.

The boys will have one day to recover from their Saturday game against Palmwoods before they swap their footy shoes for joggers.

The Stags will complete the 18km run with another 50 teams and 150 individual competitors.

Valley Rattler general manager Jim Walker said this year's event has received an extremely good response and has the potential to boast the biggest turnout in the race's history.

"We've had good numbers and good interest.

"I think the word keeps spreading that it's a good event," Walker said.

Spectators can board the Rattler while its racing, giving them a first-hand experience of the race in action - without having to raise a sweat or risk tearing a muscle.

The Rattler will leave Old Gympie Railway Station at 7.40am with the competitors on board.

The train stops at Dagun, where bus-loads of supporters will swap with the competitors for their train-ride back to Gympie aboard the ratter while it races.

The race starts at 9.30am at the Dagun railway crossing and will follow the Mary Valley Hwy with a 4km detour that allows runners to stay alongside the Rattler.

Those planing to travel the Mary Valley Highway this Monday should be aware that the Mary Valley Hwy between Meddleton Rd and Butler Rd will be closed from 9.25am to 10.15am.

There will also be closures at Jones Hill (Corbet Rd) and the Bruce Hwy at Normanby Bridge between 10am and noon as well as Hughes Tce, Mount Pleasant Rd, Crown Rd, Apollonian Vale, Lady Mary Tce and Mellor St from 10am to noon.


Rattler winners


2011 - The Losers, Gympie

2010 - Coates Hire Losers

2009 - The Losers, Gympie

2008 - Sullivan Livestock

2007 - Budget Steel

2006 - Grace Lutheran College



2011 - Steven Page, Hervey Bay

2010 - Steven Page, Hervey Bay

2009 - Steven Page, Hervey Bay

2008 - Michael Reeves, Ipswich

2007 - Jason Roxburgh

2006 - Mitch Dean

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