YMCA Desert Dash

Next Sunday, October 23, the Desert Dash Fun Run will be on again for the first time in almost eight years.

The team at YMCA Broken Hill have spent the last six months preparing to host the event, which will be held at the racecourse, and aimed at bringing fun and fitness to the community of Broken Hill.

This year there will be something for everyone to try and get as many people as possible involved.

For those who want a challenge there is the 10km circuit, while those who want to take it a little easier can opt for the five kilometre version, and of course let’s not forget the kids.

The Kid’s Dash is a one kilometre circuit aimed at having all ages and as many people as possible involved.


Nicole Neale, frontline manager of the YMCA, said that they have decided to bring the run back.

“We will be trying to do an event every year and we would like to see it get bigger and better each year.

“The staff here have put so much effort into it and there has been a lot of money spent

“The YMCA is a non-profit organisation, so we have invited the community markets to be out there, and we have hired the Gary Radford Pavilion for those.

“There will be live music, a sausage sizzle that will be for a gold coin donation for the Wisemans Christian Club, and the swimming club is also involved.

“Every participant gets a finishing medal and for those serious about times there is a first, second and third prize.

“We just want people involved so that they can see being fit and healthy can be fun. You can run it, walk it or push the pram.

“The 10 km circuit we loop up toward Tibooburra Road and come back down onto the five kilometre track.

“We have created the track in the outback, so it’s in the scrub.

“If you have a look on our Facebook page you will see the maps set out, and if you want to upload the maps you will see the Google Maps all on there.

“There will be water stations and first aid and volunteers walking the track to make sure people are okay, on track and not getting lost.

“Managers from YMCAs all over NSW and some from Canberra will be coming along, to show those other managers Broken Hill.

“Even for those not participating in the fun run we encourage all the community to come out and support the community markets and all the little local stalls that will be out there,” Ms Neale said

Entry is $20 for a standard ticket, while children aged 5-10 can get in for $15. You can register on the day or by visiting the YMCA Wellness Café at 73 Chloride St.

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