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Introducing Council’s Sport & Recreation Forum Panel Member, Warwick Pentathrun

7 November 2017 

Members of sport and recreation groups across the region are invited to Southern Downs Regional Council’s second Sport and Recreation Forum on November 16, 2017 at the Warwick Town Hall.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from panel member Warwick Pentathrun. Here’s a sneak peek.

What is the Warwick Pentathrun?

The Pentathrun is held at the end of May each year. With the 5 races being 42.2 km in total  it is excellent training for those people lining up to do any of the marathons that commence soon thereafter.  

You get to run five races over two days and achieve a marathon distance if you do them all. The races are split into the major event types of running races with a long distance (race 1 ½ marathon), cross country (race 2), 5km road race (race 3), a hill climb (race 4), and a 1500 meter criterion (race 5).

We also take the opportunity to showcase the region with races starting or finishing in Warwick, Yangan, Killarney, Queen Mary Falls, Sandy Creek and in 2018 at Leslie Dam.

The event provides the opportunity for any runner to set themselves a goal to do a specific event or even for those with a bit of experience to achieve all five.

Races one and four are one of the rare long distance runs where you can actually go somewhere beautiful and then be provided a breakfast and bus back to the start.

It is safe to say the Warwick Pentathrun is unique in that no other event will allow a single person to participate in every race they have and be spread over multiple locations and several days.

How do you grow your event each year?

We have found in recent years that word of mouth and social media have been the best mediums for promoting our event. We aim to (and have been) delivering a good quality event that runs smoothly from a competitors view. Recent growth has been in running groups and social runners bringing their mates along to have a fun weekend away doing something they have in common.

 How do you get people back to your event?

People return to our event by delivering a consistently good-quality event, with improvements made each year and the occasional change to freshen it up. We do provide a unique event that supports the local community and provides runners with the opportunity to go away for a weekend and challenge themselves with their mates. This is the main growth area of the event.

What numbers do you get attending?

In the last few years we have grown from 1500 entrants in the five races to last year being over 2500, which represents a 70% increase. For people doing all five “Pentathrunners” we have grown from 140 in 2014 to 285 in 2017, representing a 100% increase in those people who participate in all five events.

The Pentathrun is a volunteer run group and all proceeds go back to the local community groups that volunteer their time to help run the event. In the last two years we have managed to generate $20,000 for those groups to support their activities.

For more information, please visit www.pentathrun.com.

Warwick Pentathrun will provide their expertise as part of the panel at the Sport & Recreation Forum. You must RSVP to book your place – so hurry!

Date:               Thursday, 16 November 2017

Time:              12.30pm to 4:30pm (sandwiches provided)

Venue:            Warwick Town Hall, Palmerin Street, Warwick

Panel:             Warwick Drags, Leyburn Sprints, Killarney Bonfire, Stanthorpe Sports Assn & Sport & Recreation Services, South West Region

Facilitator:     Mayor Tracy Dobie

To RSVP or for further information about this event, contact Council’s Sport and Recreation Officer, Ms Sue Organ, on 1300 MY SDRC (1300 697 372) or email sue.organ@sdrc.qld.gov.au.

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