Race the Rubeena runs again!

Start of the 10K run at Port of Sale near the Sale Scout Group booth. Photo: Stefan Bradley

Stefan Bradley

Despite the wet weather on April 3, Race the Rubeena runners came out in droves for bragging rights or a fun day out with the family.

The first of two races was a 10km run starting at 7.30am at the Port of Sale, and the Rotary Race the Rubeena 5km, starting at 9am at the Sale Swing Bridge, with the participants trying to beat the 110-year-old EMV Rubeena.

Buses were provided, allowing keen runners to attempt both races.

One of those was Sale resident Jordan Cowley, who finished first in both races.

“This is my second year at this race, last year I won the 10km run too,” Mr Cowley said.

“I’m actually the slowest in my family, and my dad’s an Olympic athlete, so I feel slow compared to him. I trained by running around Sale a lot and I do enjoy going for a run, and this is a nice community event that happens to involve my favourite hobby.”

Owner and operator of the EMV Rubeena Alan Lewis also celebrated the boat’s 100th birthday by announcing the winners of the drawing competition for primary and secondary school students, with 34 entrants.

Adare James won the first prize for primary and Ashton Simmons for secondary, with both categories also having prizes for second and third.

Mr Lewis said the day was very successful despite the weather.

“It’s nice to see the distribution of winners for the competition, we had Adare from Stratford and a couple of winners from Yarram and Sale,” Mr Lewis said.

“Despite the rain, we saw good turnout for the Race the Rubeena.”

“It’s good to see the support from the (Wellington) Shire and our partners and sponsors for this event, and everyone got to enjoy the delicious Rubeena birthday cake.”

The beginning of the 5km Race the Rubeena at Sale Swing Bridge on Sunday.

5k race on the Sale Swing Bridge


Winner of both races Jordan Cowley. Photo: Stefan Bradley
Winner of both races Jordan Cowley. Photo: Stefan Bradley
Left to Right: TRFM Promotions Coordinator Melissa Maw, Owner of the EMV Rubeena Alan Lewis, and St Patrick’s Primary School drawing competition winner Adare James, 10. Photo: Contributed
Owner/operator of the EMV Rubeena Alan Lewis (left) and national finalist in the Miss Galaxy Australia Pageant 2022 Georgia Rose.