Event is a ‘gift’ to the region

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times

The inaugural Bunbury Geographe Gift footrace has been locked in with an impressive cash prize pool up for grabs.

Athletes will chase a $78,000 prize pool at the event to be held on April 28 and 29 next year.

Modelled on the famous Stawell Gift, the Bunbury instalment is the brainchild of prominent businessman Colin Piancentini who is hoping the event will attract people to Bunbury.

Both the male and female winner of the elite 120m handicap event will win an impressive $18,000.

Project manager Jo O’Dea said the event already had overwhelming support from local businesses, Bunbury Geographe Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Athletics WA and Bunbury City Council.

“With more than $150,000 raised already and planning well under way, we are set to deliver an event of national significance,” Ms O’Dea said.

Mayor Gary Brennan congratulated Mr Piacentini and his family for developing and promoting the exciting initiative.

“The city council is pleased to be a major sponsor and our community looks forward to welcoming athletes and supporters to our wonderful city in 2018,” Mr Brennan said.

“This event is another opportunity to showcase our city and the Bunbury Geographe region and enhances a growing events calendar centred on sporting and cultural activities.”

The Gift will feature a two-day program of races and activities including lawn games, athletics clinics, yoga and a 5km fun run.

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