Dubbo Stampede adds wheelchair event

Excited: Cassie Gardner, Mick McLeod, David Gough, Peter Williams, Wendy Beetson and Lance Paine from Ability Links welcome the new event. Photo: Contributed.

Excited: Cassie Gardner, Mick McLeod, David Gough, Peter Williams, Wendy Beetson and Lance Paine from Ability Links welcome the new event. Photo: Contributed.

People in wheelchairs will have the chance to take part in the Dubbo Stampede for the first time this year.

The “running festival for everyone” has made the move to further promote inclusiveness, being healthy and active in the community.

It will partner with Ability Links to offer the 5.3km Wallaby Wheel.

Stampede president Rod Campbell was excited to make the announcement. 

“We have always encouraged families, adults and kids to take part in the Dubbo Stampede whether they are trying to break a course record or just complete an event in a more relaxed nature,” he said. 

“This year we are so excited to offer a wheelchair event and the fact it will be held around Taronga Western Plains Zoo makes it all the more special to be a part of.”

Ability Links Orana Far West team leader Cassie Gardner couldn’t get on-board with the Dubbo Stampede quick enough when first approached about the wheelchair event. 

“We are thrilled this event is now part of something as big as the Dubbo Stampede,” Ms Gardner said. 

“For people in a wheelchair to have the opportunity to not only participate in the Stampede but do so on a course around the zoo is fantastic.” 

Along with the Wallaby Wheel, the Dubbo Stampede will again have the 5.3 km Dingo Dash, 10 km Cheetah Chase, 21.1 km Zebra Zoom Half Marathon and 42.2 km Rhino Ramble Marathon events. 

Participants will compete in the August 27 event for their part of $8500 in prize money.

An early bird special in currently available for participants who register prior to July 23.

The Dubbo Stampede would like to thank its sponsors and event partners – the MAAS Group, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Big Blue Digital, EMS Group, Rhino Promotions, Ability Links, Macquarie Credit Union, Dubbo City Toyota, Hertz, Charles Sturt University, Sportsman’s Warehouse and the Daily Liberal.

To register or get further information, visit www.dubbostampede.com.au.  

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