The last 10 kilometres of the Summer Run Series will be raced in Nelson Bay next week.
The Bay leg of the three-race series, following on from Morpeth in November 2017 and Carrington in February 2018, will be staged from d’Albora Marinas on Sunday, March 18.
Organiser Paul Humphreys, from H Events, expected the Bay race would attract a healthy field of local and visiting runners.
“We love organising these events in our own backyard,” Humphreys said.
“Like many Hunter residents, the Bay is a second home for us and the location for many holidays and weekend.
“Bringing visitors to the Bay from all over the Hunter, Central Coast and Sydney makes sense to us. We are proud of what our region has to offer.”
All three races are mostly flat, 10km courses completed early in the morning to beat the summer heat.
Individual and series prizes are available to runners. Overall and age category prizes will be issued under a simple points and attendance system.
Current front runner for the overall prize is Jack Robinson from Cessnock who came first and third in Morpeth and Carrington respectively.
Elite runner Vlad Shatrov from Newcastle took out the Carrington run. He is hoping to make the Bay event.
If so, Robinson will have his work cut out to beat Shatrov to the podium.
Shatrov has a string of major city titles to his name including an Olympic qualifying time at Berlin Marathon.
Female runner Mary Yule from Forster is looking good to take out the female overall series prize with two second places at Morpeth and Carrington, and is looking in form heading into the Bay run.
However, if Newcastle winner Cassandra Llewellyn or Morpeth winner Rachel Turnbull are in good form they could spoil the party for Yule.
The 10km Bay course starts and finishes on the waterfront at d’Albora Marina.
Runners will head west to Colette along the scenic paths of the foreshore then turn around and head back to the marina. From the marina runners will continue east to Little Beach before once again turning around and head back to the marina.
Runners can enter the event by registering at summerrun.com.au until midnight on Wednesday, March 14 or on race day from 7am at d’Albora Marina.
Race entry numbers will be limited in the first year to manage course crowding.
Summer run road closures
Two Nelson Bay roads will be temporarily closed on Sunday morning for the summer run.
Teramby Road, Nelson Bay will be closed between 8.20am and 8.40am and Victoria Parade, between Shoal Bay road and Dixon Drive, will be closed to traffic between 8.30am and 10am.
For more information on the event and road closures, phone the event organiser on 0409 684 246.