A friend of the Rotary Club of Sale and race coordinator, Gerard Callinan was discussing fundraising ideas with the Club. The idea of a fun run and racing against a historic wooden-hulled boat was well received.

Held for the first time in 2018, the race had over 200 entries. The Start/Finish line was alongside the Sale Canal at the Port of Sale. The course followed the Sale Canal to the junction of the Thomson and Latrobe Rivers at the historic Swing Bridge. The course is on flat paved ground making it accessible for everyone including wheelchairs and pushers.

The 10 kilometre course for the serious runners comprised of a timed run to the Swing Bridge and back. Entrants in the shorter fun run or walk were transported to the Swing Bridge to race the Rubeena back to the finish line! Rotary Club of Sale member, Alan Lewis, from the Port of Sale Heritage Cruises captained the Rubeena.

187 entrants competed in the event. First in the 10 kilometre run was Ben Osmand, who also finished third in the 5 kilometre event. Meagan Brown came first in the women’s 10 kilometre race. Most entrants beat the Rubeena in the 5 kilometre race. Michael Tripodi finished first and Kym Rennoy was the first woman home. Local Member of Parliament, Darren Chester, donated $2 for every entrant who beat him across the finish line. Darren presented a cheque for $250. A full report on people’s finishing places can be found here.

Funds raised, along with a District Grant brought the total to $9000. This was put toward the restoration of the historical Sale Water Tower. Historian and Project Manager, Peter Synan, pointed out the Swing Bridge and the Sale Water Tower were both designed by John Grainger in the 19th century. The finished water tower will house a museum and an observation platform overlooking Sale.

The Rotary Club of Sale is delighted to team up with Gerald Callinan for next year’s event. It’s on Sunday 24th February. Further information may be obtained from Race the Rubeena.

The Rotary Club of Sale

The Rotary Club of Sale was Charted in 1928. It’s a very active club with a wide variety of projects, including National Youth Science Forum, End Polio, Australian Rotary Health, and Gippsland Rotary Centenary House. Their major local project is Monday Night Tucker, along with a variety of Youth projects, such as Junior Community Awards, Go Youth, Bursaries for Nursing, building walking trails through the wetlands and the fun run.

Pictured above (L-R): Event coordinator Gerard Callinan, Asher Olsen, Jeanette Henwood, President of the Rotary Club of Sale 2018-19