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Runners are at the ready to Run with the Wind at Ararat

Ararat Wind Farm.

Ararat Wind Farm.

Organisers are applying the finishing touches for an inaugural Run with the Wind Ararat event – the first running festival inside a wind farm in Victoria.
The event at Ararat Wind Farm will feature running courses of five and 10 kilometres, as well as a gruelling half marathon.
If successful, it is also likely to establish Ararat as a regional distance-running centre.
Ararat Rural City Council is hosting the event in conjunction with 100% Events.
Ararat Rural City Council Mayor Peter Beales said people participating in the festival would have access to unprecedented views of the surrounding region.
“The event will be the first of its kind in Victoria, and among these hills the course is set out on are some of the best views of Ararat, Mount Cole, Langi Ghiran and the Grampians,” he said.
“We are expecting a large number of participants from outside the region, so I am sure they are going to be impressed by the stunning landscape we have to offer.”
Cr Beales said Ararat council staff had been working closely with 100% Events for the past 12 months to make sure Run with the Wind Ararat was a success.
“This group operates running festivals all over the country,” he said.
“They first visited this site in mid-2017 and were thrilled with what we had to offer.
“The council’s economic development and tourism team has assisted 100% Events in liaising with the Ararat Wind Farm and land owners to ensure everyone was comfortable with this large event.
“Early-ticket sales have indicated the event is going to be well supported by both locals and visitors, but the organisers are also preparing for an influx in this final week as is the trend with most running events.
“Weather plays a big part, so we are hoping for a nice sunny day with minimal wind – well as minimal as you can get at a wind farm, I suppose.”
Ararat Lions Club will be running a barbeque to feed all the hungry participants on the day, while local community groups will be offering support by volunteering in a number of roles throughout the course.
Cr Beales said the council has focused on creating a weekend of events to capitalise on the expected boost in visitor numbers across several days.
“Those participants travelling to the event have been encouraged to stay one to two or more nights to visit and explore Ararat and the region,” he said.
“There are lots of different things happening across the municipality on the weekend from the Elmhurst Bush Market to an outdoor cinema to Ararat parkrun which is sure to be busy.
“It will be great to see everything come together after months of hard work.”
Registrations for Run with the Wind Ararat remain open. People can visit website www.runwiththewindararat.com.au or for more information on events across the weekend visit www.ararat.vic.gov.au.

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