Athletes ranging everywhere from social to elite will have the chance to race around one of the most iconic tracks in Australia this weekend.
The Mount Panorama Punish is on again and it could feature a close to capacity crowd of 1000 runners, almost doubling the inaugural run’s size.
The draw of running the famed 6.213 kilometre circuit has been too much for people across the country to resist, with organisers expecting plenty of interstate visitors.
“It’s been remarkable and it’s very much been word of mouth which has driven it,” event co-organiser Stephen Jackson
“We’ve got buses coming up from Melbourne, down from Brisbane and flights coming in from everywhere. We’re quite chuffed that there’s been such interest in Bathurst and the Mount.
“We knew this concept had legs. When we got 500 last year we thought that was pretty good but we were quietly confident it was going to grow.
“It sits towards the end of the running season and it finds a nice gap on the Mount’s racing calendar, and that’s been the tricky thing, to try and find a date.”
Late entries will still be available on Saturday afternoon at the Run Nation Film Festival and on Sunday morning (if not sold out) for the increased price of $50.
With greater numbers also comes a greater quality of competitor.
Dani Andres was at the World Championships only a few months ago in Europe and will be in Bathurst, as will Commonwealth Games qualifier Dave Criniti.