THE SCENE is set for many of Australia’s fastest runners to dazzle at Macksville today for the 65th Gift – the longest continuously operating professional footrace in NSW.
The carnival has just got underway after the old Pacific Highway was temporarily closed for the traditional street parade of floats down Wallace St and into Macksville Park – Gift Central for the racing to follow.
The motorised procession featured classic and vintage cars, Fire and Rescue and Rural Fire Service trucks, a walking group, the local band, and some beaming young girls entered in the Macksville Princess competition.
This afternoon’s program will feature near non-stop action over a variety of distances, with the racing of the finals – replete with fireworks – scheduled for early evening.
Food, drinks and a variety of other entertainments are available on site and it is free entry – so head along for a beaut afternoon and the rare chance to see some of the nation’s top tier sprinters.