B&E Burnie Ten Launches into 2016

Registrations will open Saturday for the B&E Burnie Ten, the renowned road race that attracts thousands of competitors each year.

The B&E Burnie Ten is Australia’s premier 10km road race, providing everyone with the opportunity to participate with the nation’s elite athletes. It’s a flat, fast, out-and-back, runner-friendly course that attracts thousands of competitors from all over the state. The race continues to enjoy terrific public support – not only from the number of runners who take part but from the spectators lining the course, cheering on participants.

‘After thirty years this race continues to be a great community event for the region. Not only attracting runners from all over the State but also encouraging those not normally so active to set themselves a goal and join us on the day,’ race director Rick Ferguson said.

The 5km race will continue in 2016 after last year’s successful introduction while the Paraquad Tasmania Elite Wheelchair 10km Road Race will also be held.

‘There was a number of conflicting mainland events in 2015 that probably denied a bigger field for our elite wheelchair road race. We decided to try it again this year and review it after that.’

The Elite Wheelchair 10km will start at 11:00am, the B&E Burnie 10 will start at 11:15am with the 5km race starting at 11:35am.

Whether the aim is to beat a certain time, make up a team or just complete the distance, the ‘Ten‘ is still the ultimate challenge but for those whose feel underprepared for a 10km, the 5km is a genuine “fun run” alternative. There’s the thrill of starting in a big race, feeling the buzz as the national anthem is performed, getting cheered on by spectators along the highway. It’s a great way to join in on the day.

The Heritage Burnie Corporate Challenge is extended to all organisations to promote fitness and well-being in the workplace by entering teams in the race. The challenge has always been popular with hundreds of teams racing since 1985.

The Advocate School Challenge is a new introduction for this year with high school and tertiary school students being specifically encouraged to participate. The school with the highest ratio of entrants compared to enrolment will collect $1000 while a lucky entrant from that school will also receive an android tablet. The School Challenge is the only team category that will involve the 5km race as well as the 10km.

‘The participation of younger runners has always been good, the last few years we had wavered between 600 to 1000 students, but we hope The Advocate School Challenge is an extra incentive to promote a healthy activity objective for those too young to fully dedicate themselves to training over 10km but too old for the Health Care Insurance 321GO kids’ race held the week after the B&E Burnie Ten.’

The Burnie Ten website is now open for registrations with printed entry forms available over the next week or so. Visit www.burnieten.com.au.

Bring on October 23 - rain, hail or shine!

 

 

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: jphillips@burnie.net