Racing the Rubeena

MORE than 200 runners, walkers and strollers managed to raise more than $6000, taking part in the Race the Rubeena community fun run on Sunday.

Runners from across Gippsland and as far as Melbourne enjoyed a 10 kilometre run against the clock and a five kilometre ‘race’ against the classic wooden boat The Rubeena, to raise money for the restoration of the historic Sale Water Tower in Victoria Park.

Following through on his pledge to donate $2 for every person who finished ahead of him in the five kilometre race, Gippsland MHR Darren Chester presented a cheque for $250 to the race’s cause.

Race director Gerard Callinan said the day couldn’t have gone any better.

“We had people from across the region coming to Sale on a glorious day and thoroughly enjoying themselves, all for a good cause,” he said.

“The Rubeena may not have won the race but she put up a good fight for a 100-year-old and did manage to beat a number of the participants over the line in the end.”

Event organisers are now hoping to find another community project to assist next year.

“We’ll review this first event and then look at how we can improve it for 2019,” Mr Callinan said, adding organisers were keen to make it an annual event.

“[An event that] brings people together and also assists a community project.”

Members of the community who would like to work with the Race the Rubeena event for fundraising in 2019 should email the organisers on