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First Run with the Wind Ararat festival taking shape

Ararat Primary School  students Charlotte Ramsay and Ava Kahle-Phillips at Ararat Wind Farm opening.


Ararat Primary School students Charlotte Ramsay and Ava Kahle-Phillips at Ararat Wind Farm opening.


Community leaders have confirmed details for a major event likely to establish Ararat as a western Victorian magnet for distance and fun runners.
Ararat Rural City Council has pencilled in an inaugural Run with the Wind Ararat festival at Ararat Wind Farm on November 25.
The council is working with interstate event-development organisation 100% Events on what will be the first festival of its type involving a wind farm in Victoria.
The Weekly Advertiser broke news about the concept in May last year and the project has since become a reality, with a prospect of attracting up to 900 participants, most of them from outside the region.
Run with the Wind Ararat will exploit the many kilometres of hilly roads connecting turbines at Ararat Wind Farm on the outskirts of the regional city.
It will feature half-marathon, 10-kilometre and five-kilometre distance races, with options for all ages and abilities.
All run courses will be designed to feature close-up views of the giant turbines, along with the Ararat countryside.
Ararat mayor Gwenda Allgood said she was ‘very much’ looking forward to the event.
“We are thrilled to be hosting the first-ever running festival inside a Victorian wind farm,” she said.
“This is going to be a unique event, one that will attract a lot of outside visitors to our region, but also one that I’m sure our wonderful community is going to get behind.
“At the council we can see this as a running festival that will grow in popularity in the years to come, which will have great benefit to our region.”
In addition to running festivities, the weekend will also feature a selection of other family-friendly events across the district.
“There will be more activities around town, with details of the weekend announced in the coming months, so stay tuned,” Cr Allgood said.
“The council has worked closely with the event organisers, the landowner, Ararat Wind Farm and will continue to do so in the lead up to November. It is going to be a very exciting time.”
100% Events spokesman Hugh Harrison said district community groups, sporting clubs, schools and charities would have the opportunity to raise money through the event’s volunteer program.
“We are also looking forward to bringing this great community event to life,” he said.
“Anyone interested in getting involved and raising money can email us at volunteer
@100percentevents.com.au to express their interest.”
Entries are open for people keen to be part of the event, with details available online at runwiththewindararat.com.au. There is also a Run with the Wind Ararat Facebook page.
An early-bird registration price applies until July 27.

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