Karratha City to Surf draws record number of entrants

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Runners and walkers took to the streets on Sunday to compete in the annual Karratha City to Surf race.

The race hosted by Chevron for Activ is in its 44th year in WA, with 2018 being the sixth year the event has taken place in Karratha.

With the highest number of registrations ever, over 400people hit the track for a 4km or 12km walk and run, with the long course starting at The Quarter heading out to the Back Beach and then back into town.

Chevron had a team of 40 participate from Onslow, whilst Lenni’s Crew had more than 70 who ran in the memory of six-year-old Lenni George who passed away in a boating accident in 2014.

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Project director Chris Letts said the course was similar to the last few years, relatively flat and fast.

“The path from town to the Back Beach is slightly uphill, so it’s always a bit of a struggle, but it means the way back is nice and fast,” he said.

The 12km race was taken out by Kurt Wesley in the men’s with a time of 45min. 04sec. Wesley has previously won the City to Surf in Albany and placed third in Geraldton. Stephanie Cole was the women’s champion, clocking in a quick 55:37.

Tim Renton won the shorter 4km course with a time of 14:26 and Claire Eatwell took out the women’s with 17:12, which is a new local record.

The event is owned by disability services charity Activ and is the only one of its type in the State, with every dollar raised going straight back to the foundation.

“The idea of all the regional races is to take what is an iconic event around the State to give everyone a chance to participate and help a worthy cause,” Mr Letts said.

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