THE only problem with the Nail Can Hill Run for the first woman across the line is there aren’t enough hills.
“I love them,” Mount Beauty’s Nadine Barnes said.
“I think I’m just built for them.
“It’s a beautiful course, it’s really nice and free flowing — there’s just not enough hills.”
Barnes wasn’t even supposed to be in the run, taking running partner Michelle Forrer’s place in the event.
“I haven’t even run competitively for four years,” Barnes said.
“But it feels good.”
Barnes and Forrer have been training together at Mount Beauty and Bogong.
Forrer’s husband Conrad and their two boys Jarrah, 14, and Ash, 10, also ran together.
They are now preparing for the Mount Beauty half-marathon in three weeks.
“I love running,” Jarrah said.
“I just want to be the best I can be and go as hard as I can.”
Last year’s winner Cara Peake came in second at 48:32 and Kristin Murtagh, second last year, finished third in 48:34.
Nearly 1300 runners took part in the full Nail Can Run, more in the Half Can and Nail Can Hill Mountain Bike Race.
Race co-ordinator Stephen Wood said the Rotary Club of Albury West event had been a huge success with good weather.
“At Rotary we’re always optimistic and confident but it’s been beyond expectations, an amazing day,” he said.
“It’s like the lead up to a wedding with all the planning that goes in and it’s over in a short time — but hopefully there’s a lot of happy brides and grooms.
“No doubt the event has a sense of tradition now it’s the 38th running.
“The sense of family and community is growing... which gives people a focus on fitness and fun.”
Money raised from the event will be donated to Wewak Street School.