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Rubeena captain Allan Lewis has been working to increase the boat's speed a little next year.

Rubeena race day 2020

Rubeena race day 2020

Rubeena captain Allan Lewis has been working to increase the boat's speed a little next year.

Date announced for Sale's next Race the Rubeena

Gippsland’s funnest fun run will return in 2020 with the Rotary Club of Sale hosting the Race the Rubeena on 9 February.

The run sets competitors on one of two courses for either a five kilometre run against the classic wooden boat Rubeena or a 10 kilometre challenge against the clock and fellow runners.

“This is our third year of hosting the event and we’re hoping to continue growing the numbers and of course the money raised,” said Sale Rotary Club Member and Race Director Gerard Callinan.

The event comprises two events, a 10k run, starting and finishing at the Port of Sale with a turn around point at the historic Swing Bridge, and a five-kilometre run/walk which starts at the Swing Bridge and finishes at the Port of Sale. It is this latter event which is the ‘Race against the Rubeena’.

“I know Captain Allan Lewis from the Rubeena has been working on the boat to increase its speed a little for next year. I think he’s been a bit miffed how many people have beaten the boat in the last couple of years, so I’d expect a tougher competition for runners come February,” suggested Gerard.

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The course takes participants on a very scenic route along the Sale Canal before turning through the Sale Wetlands for three kilometres before coming out onto Swing bridge Drive.

Once again, the event will raise money for the Central Gippsland Health Service to assist in buying equipment to serve the community.

“We’ve tweaked the event a little for February with the 10 kilometre event starting at 7.30 am,” said Gerard.

“Last year was a bit rushed in getting people to the start line for the five kilometre event which starts at 9am.
We have a few people who do the 10k and then back up for the 5, so this gives them a bit more time to finish the earlier event and get bussed out to the Swing Bridge for the Race against the Rubeena.”

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