Due to High Street roadworks, City2City participants will finish in Junction Place rather than Woodland Grove at this year’s event.
Despite the change, organisers are positive about the move, anticipating the newly-opened Richardson Park, food vendors and a community market scheduled for the day will appease families.
The route of the popular run-walk was also changed in 2017 to account for roadworks further south on High Street – participants were diverted into Junction and linked back up to the traditional finish line near the Water Tower.
On Sunday, February 17 participants will begin at QEII Square and follow the Lincoln Causeway to Belvoir Park and Church Street, turning right at South Street, left at Smythe Street, and then coming down Elgin Boulevard into Junction Place.
Chairwoman Michelle Hudson said the committee would decide whether the route would stay that way in coming years.
“We’re really excited about the new finish line and want to get the word out so that locals in the area know about road closures,” she said.
“We’ll have a look at how it ran and get the committee and sponsors together – if it has the right ingredients we’ll be looking at Junction Place as a new innovation.
“All the traders in the square have been notified of the size of the crowd expected.
“We’re hoping for between 4000 and 5000 people.”
Ms Hudson said early bird entries were tracking better than last year.
“It’s now in its fifth year – there’s not many places in Australia that have a cross-border health service, so this is a great way to support it,” she said.
Proceeds raised from the 2019 City2City will fund life-saving ultrasound equipment for critical care services at Albury Wodonga Health.
There will be a 10km event starting at 8am, a 7.5km event at 8.20am, and the ‘walk and talk’ running from 8.30am.
Wodonga Mayor Anna Speedie has taken part most years and said she was excited for the event and to showcase the city’s latest offerings in Junction Place.
“It’s one of those events where everyone comes together as the one community,” she said.