Countdown is on for Johnno’s Run

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Looking forward to a big day: 2QN/EDGE FM general manager Ange Frino and CLRS chief executive officer Leah Taaffe are ready for the 2022 Johnno’s Run on Sunday. Photo: Steve Huntley Photo by Steve Huntley

More than 190 runners will be stepping out onto our local streets, tracks and bike paths for the Johnno’s Run fundraiser this Sunday, August 7.

The annual event raises funds for Community Living Respite Services Opening Doors Project, an initiative which provides independent living opportunities for people with disabilities.

This 2022 edition of this event is particularly special because it’s the first year that the event will be held in Echuca-Moama and the first time that Echuca-Moama has ever held a half marathon.

So far, 190 runners have registered for the run and 52 people have offered to volunteer at the event.

Last year’s event differed greatly from this year as it had to be held virtually due to pandemic restrictions, however, CLRS still managed to get 165 participants.

CLRS chief executive officer Leah Taaffe said it was inspiring to see so many people putting their hands up to help out.

“Some of the volunteers are our own staff, some have found us through the newspaper or through social media,” Ms Taaffe said.

“In terms of people participating, we’ve even had people from Adelaide, Bendigo and Shepparton registering.”

Organising committee member Brady Threlfall said the best part was community members are able to see what their fundraising efforts have gone towards.

“I enjoy walking around town and seeing the houses that have been built through events like Johnno’s Run,” Mr Threlfall said.

“It’s rewarding to be a part of.”

The 5km, 10km and 21.1km courses will involve crossing over both bridges into both states.

Ms Taaffe said the courses would be wheelchair accessible.

“Individuals in wheelchairs will fully be able to participate in the event which is another incredibly special element of the run,” she said.

Although registrations have now closed for the run, you can still enter on the morning of the run.

Runners will be meeting at the Moama Soundshell, with the 21.1km race starting at 8am, the 10km starting at 9.30am and the 5km starting at 11am.