ORGANISERS of the Orange Colour City Running Festival have called upon local athletes to get behind the event.
The event, set down for February 22-24, has drawn runners from across the world to compete in events ranging from 2km to a marathon.
But co-ordinator Kim Roweth is asking the local contingent to nominate.
“The numbers are looking good overall,” Roweth said.
“But the locals are letting the stats down.”
Headlining the international contingent will be South Africa’s Stuart Mann, who has run over 100 marathons and ultra-marathons.
Flying the Australian flag will be Dubbo’s Jane Fardell and national representative Dave Matthews.
In a coup for organisers, Polly Porter and Warwick Jones, better known as Polly and Waz from Channel Nine’s The Block, have signed on to tackle the festival’s distance events.
Porter will attempt the half-marathon while Jones will test himself over the full marathon course.
Neither are especially optimistic about their prospects of filling the podiums, nominating finishing as their primary goals.
“The half-marathon will be a huge step for me,” Porter said.
“Prior to training for this running festival the furthest I ran was 6km at best and that was in my weakest leg of a triathlon.”