(Picture credit – Peter Pickering)
Don’t forget to call today and book in your counter meal at the Willaura Hotel after the race! Phone (03) 53541213
Whether you fancy yourself to break the course record or to simply earn a coveted place on the list of Willaura Farm to Pub finishers, we invite all runners, riders and walkers to join us on Saturday 25 February 2017 to enjoy one of the most unique races in the world, where you’ll experience the best of country Victorian hospitality all while supporting a brilliant cause.
With a week remaining until the close of online registrations, entries have been flooding in. This is great news for us and for our main partner, beyondblue. All proceeds from the Willaura Farm to Pub support their work to equip everyone in Australia with the knowledge and skills to protect their own mental health.
beyondblue are giving people the confidence to support those around them, and making anxiety, depression and suicide part of everyday conversations. And as well as tackling stigma, prejudice and discrimination, beyondblue are breaking down the barriers that prevent people from speaking up and reaching out.
Support beyondblue and have a great day out. We’ve got events for the whole family, which also include live music, a jumping castle, and great food and drink waiting for you at the Pub.
Willaura Farm to Pub run, ride and walk events:
- 16.4km run – 4.30 pm (Taits Rd)
- 8.2km run – 5.00 pm (Sandhills Rd)
- 16.4km ride – 4.45 pm (Taits Rd)
- 8.2km ride – 5.15 pm (Sandhills Rd)
- 5km walk – 5.15 pm (Cnr Sandhills Rd & Yarram Gap Rd)
Located in Western Victoria, Willaura is an easy 2.5 hour drive from Melbourne and 2 hours from Geelong. It’s just 30 minutes from Ararat and 1hr 20 mins to Ballarat or Warrnambool.
Online entries close 9am*, Thursday 23 February (*Note change of time. Previously 9pm.)
Note that late entries for all categories will be accepted on race day at the Willaura Hotel until 1 hour before each event. Late entrants may only participate as fun runners – times will not be captured & results not official.
We can also announce that six-time winner of the Brewis Medal, David Staehr (pictured, top) has now confirmed his place on the start line for the premier event, the 16.4km run. David is the undisputed champion of the Willaura Farm to Pub, holding the race record on each of the three variations of the Willaura Farm to Pub long courses (“Joyce”, “Taits” and “Millear”). This year’s track is Taits – which includes the ever-challenging Sandy Lane – with the record standing at 58:37 (2014).
David has been the fastest finisher every year since 2011 but is yet to claim line honours. Will the handicapper look more kindly upon him in 2017?