A NEW and exciting Kokoda event has been unveiled on the Gold Coast, replacing the existing annual Memorial Walk.
President of the Broadwater Southport Rotary Club Lynne Walsh launched The Rotary Kokoda Classic, Gold Coast at the Surfers Paradise War Memorial Cenotaph on Wednesday.
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The event will be walked and run on the beach over 3km, 10km and 15km between the Southport Spit sand pumping jetty and Miami from 7:30am on Saturday August 9 – a day after Kokoda Day.
The new event will focus attention on those who sacrificed so much on the Kokoda Track in 1942 while raising money for Rotary youth-focused activities on the Gold Coast including Legacy, Mates 4 Mates Queensland and surf club nippers.
Ms Walsh said the Rotary Kokoda Classic would replace the former Rotary Kokoda Memorial Walk which was held from 2005 to 2012.
“It’s an event for every person in the community, whether they enter as an individual or in a team, with a distance for every age and fitness level,” she said.
“We want the Classic to become an iconic Gold Coast happening with maximum attention given to the World War Two Kokoda campaign and the selfless deeds of all past and present Australian Servicemen and women.
“There will be bands and drink stations along the beach and the event will culminate in the prize presentations and a memorial service at the Kokoda Memorial Wall at Cascade Gardens later in the morning,” she said.
The Classic has the support of the Gold Coast City Council and its Lifeguard Service and the Rotary organiser is Brigadier (retired) Rod West, CSC, who was formerly Commandant at the Kokoda Barracks Land Warfare Centre at Canungra.
Registrations open on 1st May.
Courtesy shuttles and Surfside buses will operate on the day and people wanting further information or to enter can phone 0417 620 516, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit the website www.kokodaclassic.com or the Club’s Facebook site.