Hot new feel for 2019 Macksville Gift

Twins Tom and Jack Newman have been regular supporters of The Gift over many years
Twins Tom and Jack Newman have been regular supporters of The Gift over many years

THE 66th Annual Macksville Gift will run this year on Saturday November 9, with the action getting underway from 11am.

The event is the oldest professional footrace in NSW.

The Gift carnival consists of races from 70 metres to 300.

Athletes from across Eastern Australia will be competing for up to $2800 in cash awards.

There has only been one Nambucca Valley local (Darren Smith) to win The Gift in its long history.

The organising committee - which itself includes many new faces in 2019 - hopes to see some fresh local talent this year.

If you are thinking of lacing up, the Male or Female Amateur Sprint Races (sponsored by Soulitude Health/Brian Wright and Helloworld) are only open to Nambucca Shire residents. Give it a go!

Most of the races on the day will be handicap races, levelling the playing field and ensuring an exciting finish.

The carnival on a beautifully manicured grass track at Macksville will see athletes push to perform at or above their personal best on race day.

After the Gift final, it will be well worth sticking around for the Men's and Women's 70 x 4 Skins Handicap Races (sponsored by Bridgestone-Nambucca and Nambucca Taxis). The 70m x 4 are the final races of the night, and four or five runners will be invited to compete.

In this Skins event, the 70m is run four times, back to back, with approximately two minutes between races, so athletes can get back to the start. Each time the 70m is run, the slowest competitor is eliminated.

The final of four of the 70m races will see the last remaining two runners battling to the finish. This event is surely the ultimate endurance test - and is always a great watch.

Registration is open now

Kids Age (2-14 years) races, sponsored by Subway, Macksville:

Register at The Macksville Gift, November 9, by 11.30am at Allan Gillett Oval. * Participants must wear appropriate footwear.

Adult Athletes (14+ years)

Register online at nswal.org.au

The Victorian Athletic League (VAL) is managing the NSWAL registrations and race entries. All athletes living in NSW must select 'Interstate Athlete' when completing the registration form.

Step 1 - Complete Registration Form for either 'Existing Athletes' or 'New Athletes'.

Step 2 - Pay corresponding Registration Fee to NSWAL (Open Athletes $120 / Student and U18 $60, One-day $20, Little Athletics members and Surf Lifesaving Nippers free.

Step 3 - Enter MACKSVILLE GIFT Races online via the VAL website. (Entry fees from $5 to $30). As a NSWAL member you can enter any applicable race in NSW and Victoria.

See you on November 9!

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