Rubeena race in perfect weather

“RACE the Rubeena”, which was held on a perfect sunny autumn day on Sunday, has been declared an outstanding success.

The event attracted 320 keen participants, including visitors from Melbourne, Canberra, the Mallee and locally.

A new motor in the Rubeena resulted in her this year competing in both the 10km and 5km events.

Normally she just did the 5km run, and with an increased speed she managed to beat a larger number of competitors home.

But it wasn’t all about being the fastest.

While some speedy runners participated, there were also parents pushing prams and older folks happy to walk the track and help raise some money.

Jordan Cowley, Sale, was the first man across the line in the 10km challenge.

Emilie Guy from Traralgon first woman over the line of 10km race, while Erika Florez, also from Traralgon, was the overall winner of the 5km.

Daniel Ziffer (now living in Melbourne, but originally from Sale) was the first male over the line in 5km event.

The event had the added bonus of showing off Sale’s iconic wetlands and historic Swing Bridge.

Rubeena captain Alan Lewis has been thanked by race organisers after he donated his takings from the morning, with passengers keen to get a front row seat for the race in his vessel.

One Sale Rotary Club race organisers, Gerard Callinan, said they are now investigating making the race bigger next year.

He said they were looking to crack 400 competitors, and possibly provide a longer option for keener runners.

“Given COVID, it’s amazing how generous local businesses have been in terms of support and sponsorship,” he said.

The event has raised $19,000 in the past two years. This is made up of $11,500 from this year’s event, plus $7500 which was held over from last year when the event was cancelled because of COVID-19 (this is money from sponsors and competitors who declined to have their contributions returned).

Money raised will be donated to Central Gippsland Health and distributed through various Sale Rotary Club projects.