The King of the Mountain is a five kilometre fun run to the summit of North Brother Mountain, Laurieton.
Representatives from Laurieton Hotel, LJ Hooker Laurieton, Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism and Camden Haven Surf Life Saving Club gathered on the finish line last week to kick off event promotions for 2014
Open to all ages and fitness levels, King of The Mountain is a great community event. The race now acts as the Camden Haven Surf Life Saving Club's major fundraiser and also raises money for Cystic Fibrosis research. Surf club president and race director Glen O'Brien says he is pleased the major sponsors are back again this year.
The event attracts competitors from all over NSW, which is great for local businesses. "Their fantastic support allows our club volunteers to put on an event which is great for us and the Camden Haven," Glen said.
This year sees the introduction of team entries to the event.
"We would love to see schools, as well as sporting groups and community groups entering as teams," Glen said, adding that there would be great prizes for the biggest team and best dressed team.
Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism contribute around $2,000 to cover insurance and other running costs.
One lucky competitor will win a family holiday to the Gold Coast, including theme park passes."The Gold Coast prize, which is a great drawcard for entries, has once again been donated by Glenn and Kobie Knight from the Laurieton Hotel," Glen said. "The hotel also hosts the presentation and provides free drinks for our race day volunteers," he added. LJ Hooker Laurieton has agreed to donate $1500 to be used as prize money for the King, Queen, Prince and Princess of the mountain. New owner of the business Chris Flockhart, has already confirmed the LJ Hooker bear will be in attendance again this year.
With less than 10 weeks to go, competitors are already preparing for the race. Last year saw the introduction of the "back of the pack club" which saw plenty of kids, mums, dads, uncles, aunts and grandparents walk up the mountain.
"The oldest participant was 78 and at the other end of the scale, some of the participants had yet to celebrate their first birthday," Glen said.
Online entries for the 2014 King of the Mountain fun run open on July1. Further information can be found at www.chslsc.com or you can follow the event on Facebook at Camden Haven King of the Mountain
A team effort: Kobie Knight, Joy Walker, Karen Pini, Rebecca Bull, Lee Heng, Matt Model and Glen O'Brien are right behind this year's King of the Mountain fundraising fun run.
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