Wagga Wagga Trail Marathon – 2008

Posted on April 13, 2008 by

Good news for Wagga that it’s back on this year. The scheduled date is 17th August. Hopefully they have a walkers section for the Marathon.

See the attached newspaper article:


Pressure from statutory bodies put an end to the popular Junee to Wagga marathon after 26 years, but organisers have come back with a new event set to reignite the sport in Riverina.

On August 17, the new Wagga Wagga Trail Marathon will be run for the first time, taking over from the time-honoured Junee to Wagga event.

To be run along the picturesque settings of the Wiradjuri trail, the unique course takes runners on a 42.195 kilometre journey through Wagga.

Starting at the Wagga beach, the course goes along the river, by Pomingalarna reserve, past Lake Albert, under the Sturt highway and back to the riverside finish.

Organisers claim the new course will be one of Australia’s best.

“The trail marathon is the go, it’s just awesome,” organiser Malcolm Edgar said.

“For the people who take part, you’ll see wonderful parts of Wagga you wouldn’t have otherwise seen. It’s as good a course as the best.”

The marathon will not only cater for the elite – there will also be a 10km run, a relay event and for those looking to take it easy and enjoy the surroundings, a 3km event.

Among the competitions on the day there will be a “battle of the bases”, a relay event for listed personnel in the Army, Airforce and Navy; while organisers are looking at a contest for businesses as well.

Organisers are encouraging any interested participants to get in touch with the Wagga Road Runners early enough to start a training program for the big day.

“We’re trying to get the whole community behind us and get them involved,” Edgar said.

“If anyone is unsure, get in touch with the road runners and we’ll get someone to help train you.”

The marathon will use The Riverine Club as a base, where registration and a dinner the night before will be held.

Edgar wished to pay tribute to Wagga’s Paul Kahlefeldt and Junee’s Harry Thompson for their years of dedication to the old Junee to Wagga marathon.