Runners taking a tilt at windmills
Tim Mayfield trains near his home in Watson. Photo: Rohan Thomson
THE LAST time Tim Mayfield entered the town of Tarago, he was a university participant in an Inward Bound endurance event and in need of food, drink and directions back to the capital.
The 27-year-old public servant will return to the township today to take part in the inaugural Run With The Wind fun run at the Woodlawn Wind Farm.
Unlike the famed Australian National University race, the course will take runners along an undulating track among the wind turbines on the eastern shore of Lake George.
Tim Mayfield trains near his home in Watson ahead of the inaugural "Run with the Wind" fun run. Photo: Rohan Thomson
Competitors can choose between taking part in a 5-kilometre or an 8-kilometre run.
Mr Mayfield said he looked forward to the chance to run at the wind farm, which was normally off-limits to the public.
''They're pretty iconic now for the region, it is unique, it isn't the type of fun run you normally get to take part,'' Mr Mayfield said.
''I wanted to support a new event, hopefully it becomes an annual event. There's a lot of good fun runs out there, but there's always room for more.
''It can all become a bit Canberra focused sometimes, so it's great to get out into the region.''
Mr Mayfield said he didn't expect to break any personal best times on the day.
Infigen Energy Race co-ordinator Frank Boland said the inaugural race was the first ever fun run to be held at a wind farm in Australia, possibly the world.
''The race has been organised for the broader community to experience what it is like to run among one of NSW's largest wind farms, while raising awareness for renewable energy and contributing to the local community groups,'' Mr Boland said.
Proceeds from the races, open to competitors of all ages and abilities, go to the Tarago Sporting Association and the Bungendore Community Foundation.
The first three place-getters in the 8-kilometre race win cash prizes and there are medals and awards for age-group winners.
The race starts at 11.05am, following a minute's silence for Remembrance Day.
For more information, visit www.runwiththewind.com.au.
■ WHAT: Run With The Wind Fun Run.
WHEN: Today at 11.05am.
WHERE: Woodlawn wind farm, Tarago.
COST: $20 for 5km run/walk. $30 for 8km run. Kids under 16 run free.