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Cape York Weekly

Fast emerging as one of the biggest events on the Cape York calendar, the Weipa Running Festival continues to go from strength to strength.

While the pandemic put a hold to the major race day last year, a virtual event allowed the show to roll on and people from all over the world ended up taking part.

Following last week’s AGM, the enthusiasm remains among the committee and 2021’s running festival should be the biggest one yet.

Weipa Running Festival Committee
Attending last week’s Weipa Running Festival AGM were: Kat Love, Liz Roche, Kelly Anderson, Lauren Gregory, Rose Robins, Ross Dawson, Shona and Justin Smith. Photo: Matt Nicholls

“We want to bring back the race day and get that atmosphere back at Andoom Oval, but we also want to keep the virtual event going to encourage as many people as possible to participate,” spokesperson Rose Robins said.

“Now is the time to register and get fit ahead of the event, which will be held in July.

The virtual races will be held from July 11-25, while the race day in Weipa will be on July 25.

Those keen to run a marathon or half marathon will get their opportunity, while there are 10km and 5km events on the day.

Rio Tinto Weipa employees and their immediate families will get free entry, paid for by the company.

To register, go online at

There will be a Site of Origin competition between Rio Tinto’s northern and southern operations, with the winner to be the site with the most participants.

“The best thing about the Weipa Running Festival is that it’s for everyone,” Ms Robins said.

Cape York Weekly 15 February 2021

“Set yourself a goal, train and give it a crack.”

This article appeared in Cape York Weekly, 15 February 2021.


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