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Local MP Darren Chester won’t be able to over-indulge over the Christmas holidays as it’s now less than two months before for the 2020 Race the Rubeena Sale Community Fun Run.

Mr Chester has competed in the first of two Race the Rubeena fun runs, but is concerned about his current level of fitness.

“I’ll need to get serious about my training soon. There are plenty of great trails and paths to explore across Gippsland so I should be able to improve my fitness over summer,” Mr Chester said.

Registrations are now open for the event, which will be held on Sunday February 9.

Mr Chester said he was hopeful he might find on Christmas morning that he’d been registered up by a loved one.

“This is a great event that caters for experienced and novice runners,” Mr Chester said.  “Race the Rubeena also celebrates what’s unique about Sale, taking entrants in the five-kilometre event from the Swing Bridge, through the wetlands to the Port of Sale.

“The course is scenic, but what makes it extra special is the opportunity to pit yourself against the historic Rubeena, which was first launched at Lakes Entrance in 1912, in a race to the finish line.

“Sadly, if I am going to be in good shape to beat the Rubeena, I’ll need to decline that second serve of delicious pudding on Christmas Day.”

The 10-kilometre course is an ‘out-and-back’ course that begins and finishes at the Port of Sale and also takes in the wetlands and the Swing Bridge.

Money raised from the 2020 community fun run will go to the Sale hospital.

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