Runners revive Colac club

Colac Leisure Runners members, back from left, Taylah Egan, Amy Baudinette, Liam Power and Toni Egan, and front, baby Amelie Shortis and Jesse Shortis.

Colac’s leisure runners group will make a long-awaited return to the Colac district tomorrow following a nine-year hiatus.

Colac Leisure Runners ran for 27 years before officials called it quits due to dwindling numbers back in 2008.

New committee member Amy Baudinette said a Colac Herald article written five years ago helped spark the revival.

“It came about from a Facebook group for Colac runners, around April or May someone posted an article from a few years ago about potentially reviving the leisure runners,” she said.

“From there we’ve had many discussions and a group has formed, and our first run will be this Saturday.”

Colac district running enthusiasts started Colac Leisure Runners in 1983 after Cliff Young famously won the Sydney to Melbourne Ultramarathon.

At the group’s peak in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the leisure runners had 50 to 60 participants.

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