Big Blue Digital on board with the Dubbo Stampede

Big Blue Digital makes businesses better across NSW and Australia. All from the heart of NSW - Dubbo! The guys have partnered with the Dubbo Stampede since year one and helped us move across the digital frontier - you may have noticed our shiny new website :) Thanks Team Big Blue!

EMS Group gets you running at the Dubbo Stampede

EMS is one of Dubbo's success stories. Started as a mechanical workshop by in 2010, the business has grown to over 200 staff and branched into a one stop shop for the mining and construction industries.

The team also sponsor the Dubbo Stampede!

Director Tom Cavanagh talks why they set up in Dubbo and why they support the Dubbo Stampede.

Dubbo Stampede continues support for the Indigenous Marathon Foundation

The MAAS Group Dubbo Stampede is pleased to continue its support and association with the Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF), which it has endorsed since 2015. 

The IMF, which is a health education initiative to promote running and healthy lifestyles in Indigenous communities by celebrating achievement and resilience, is something the Dubbo Stampede is proud to associate itself with as both share similar goals. 

Former world champion marathon runner and IMF director Rob de Castella said the Dubbo Stampede was a great way to encourage running in regional Australia.

“The IMF is thrilled to again be partnered with the Dubbo Stampede,” Mr de Castella said.  “It is a wonderful event, set in a unique and spectacular environment, and the community involvement is exactly what IMF is about. We both use running to celebrate good health, wellbeing and strong community spirit.  Running inside the Dubbo Zoo, past all the animals is just amazing.  I wish the event ongoing success, and encourage everyone to get out and participate.”

Dubbo Stampede President Rod Campbell was pleased the partnership between the organisations had extended for another year.  

“The IMF do a great job increasing awareness around the importance of exercise and a healthy lifestyle while also complementing existing Indigenous community health initiatives,” Mr Campbell said.

“When I think of the Dubbo Stampede, we are promoting the same type of initiatives such as being active, healthy, inclusiveness and community interaction.

“It is great to again be making a financial donation to the IMF which we are able to do thanks to the high number of participants we get every year.”

Looking toward the Dubbo Stampede, which is on Sunday, 27 August at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo, people are reminded they have until 11.59 PM on Friday, 25 August to register. 

The Dubbo Stampede would like to thank its sponsors and event partners – the MAAS Group, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Big Blue Digital, EMS Group, Rhino Promotions, Ability Links, Macquarie Credit Union, Dubbo City Toyota, Hertz, Charles Sturt University, Sportman’s Warehouse, GU Energy and the Daily Liberal.

To register or get further information visitwww.dubbostampede.com.au.  

Chase the feeling with Sportmans Warehouse!

Come say hello to Sportsmans Warehouse at the Dubbo Stampede! The guys are getting excited about race day and supporting Dubbo's health and fitness journey. Not long to go now... Have you registered for the Dubbo Stampede?

Win big for your business by participating in the Dubbo Stampede

Local businesses have an incentive to run with the herd at this year’s Dubbo Stampede with the opportunity to win the use of a Toyota Camry for their business fleet for a week through the Dubbo City Toyota Business Challenge.

The Dubbo City Toyota Business Challenge is open to every business with four or more people
participating at the Dubbo Stampede, across any of the five events.

Once a business has four or more people registered for the Dubbo Stampede, they will go into the draw to win the use of a Toyota Camry for a full week, courtesy of Dubbo City Toyota.
Dubbo City Toyota Dealer Principle, David Hayes is fully supportive of the competition and the Dubbo Stampede in general.

“Getting more people to lead an active and healthy life was the inspiration for us to get involved with the Dubbo City Toyota Business Challenge,” Mr Hayes said.

“We encourage all businesses to encourage their staff to take part in the Dubbo Stampede and any business with four or more participants will go into the draw for the use of a Camry in their business fleet for a week.

“We’ve been involved with the Dubbo Stampede since 2012 as a foundation supporter. It is a local event, great for Dubbo and helps get people off the couch.”

The Dubbo Stampede is on Sunday, 27 August and is being held at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo.

Participants have the opportunity to compete in one of five events, being the 5.3 km Dingo Dash and Wallaby Wheel, the 10 km Cheetah Chase, 21.1 km Rhino Ramble Half Marathon and 42.2 km Rhino Ramble Marathon.

The Dubbo Stampede would like to thank its sponsors and event partners – the MAAS Group,
Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Big Blue Digital, EMS Group, Rhino Promotions, Ability Links,
Macquarie Credit Union, Dubbo City Toyota, Hertz, Charles Sturt University, Sportman’s Warehouse, GU Energy and the Daily Liberal.

To register today!

Runner's High and Rhino Promotions

Runner's high. Sounds like fun... Sarah and George from Rhino Promotions have been the Team since our first year and talk about why they're involved. Thanks guys for sponsoring again in 2017!

Get your school in the running at this year’s Dubbo Stampede

Students, teachers and parents are being encouraged to sign up for the CSU Schools Challenge in the hope of claiming trophies, cash prizes and all important bragging rights at the 2017 MAAS Group Dubbo Stampede. 

With the countdown for the Dubbo Stampede well and truly on, schools are being reminded that now is the time to really push their registrations in the hope of claiming a prize for their school. 

The idea behind the CSU Schools Challenge is each school tries to get as many registrations as they can, with the school with the most registrations in their category receiving a trophy and $500 cheque. There are three categories to account for schools in the region of different sizes. 

Charles Sturt University Head of Campus (Dubbo) and previous Dubbo Stampede participant, Cathy Maginnis is excited about supporting the local event.

"Our educational footprint is all about helping people be active, healthy and well, so the Dubbo Stampede is a great fit," Ms Maginnis said. 

"Through events like the Dubbo Stampede we can engage our community and let people know how we can support them, whether it be through formal education, access to our facilities or ongoing learning."

Dubbo Stampede president, Rod Campbell loves the concept of the CSU Schools Challenge as it is another way the event promotes inclusiveness and a healthy lifestyle.

“The Dubbo Stampede is all about getting outdoors with family and friends and getting active and the CSU School’s Challenge is just another way of promoting that,” Mr Campbell said. 

“We always get great numbers of school aged kids with their friends and family at the Dubbo Stampede so we’d encourage them to sign up for the schools challenge which may see their school win a prize.”

The 2017 MAAS Group Dubbo Stampede will again be held at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo with participants being able to enter one of the 5.3 km Dingo Dash, 5.3 km Wallaby Wheel, 10 km Cheetah Chase, Zebra Zoom half marathon (21.1 km) and Rhino Ramble marathon (42.2 km).

The Dubbo Stampede will be held on Sunday, 27 August with registrations open until 11.59 PM Friday, 25 August.  

The Dubbo Stampede would like to thank its sponsors and event partners – the MAAS Group, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Big Blue Digital, EMS Group, Rhino Promotions, Ability Links, Macquarie Credit Union, Dubbo City Toyota, Hertz, Charles Sturt University, Sportsman’s Warehouse, GU Energy and the Daily Liberal.

To register or get further information visit www.dubbostampede.com.au.  

Dubbo Stampede marathon prize money to jackpot!

The MAAS Group Dubbo Stampede has thrown down the gauntlet to competitors of this year’s 42.2 km EMS Group Rhino Ramble Marathon, offering an additional $200 in prize money if the course record is broken.

The winner of the marathon currently takes home $800, however if they manage the break the course record they will receive an additional $200 for their efforts. In total, there will be $10,000 in prize money on offer at this year’s Dubbo Stampede.

With the jackpot prize money on offer, Dubbo Stampede President, Rod Campbell believes this should give all participants with a shot at the course record that extra bit of motivation as their training increases prior to the 27 August event. “The jackpot is a new concept we’ve come up with this year and we are all really excited to hopefully see it go off,” Mr Campbell said. “While the prize money we have on offer is already a massive motivation, not to mention the personal satisfaction you get from finishing first in a marathon, the jackpot just makes it that bit more enticing to really push yourself and break the course record. “We’d love to see any of our current records broken, but I guess it is a matter for competitors and how much they really want it.” Keeping in line with the jackpot theme, if the record is not broken in 2017, the jackpot prize money will be $400 in 2018.

While the prize money on offer is a major attraction for many participants, the Dubbo Stampede will again be a family friendly event that promotes participation as being just as important as the time you finish in. This has again been highlighted through the introduction of a wheelchair event.

People looking to participate are reminded the early bird special is only available until 23 July.

The Dubbo Stampede would like to thank its sponsors and event partners – the MAAS Group, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Big Blue Digital, EMS Group, Rhino Promotions, Ability Links, Macquarie Credit Union, Dubbo City Toyota, Hertz, Charles Sturt University, GU Energy, Sportsmen’s Warehouse and the Daily Liberal.

To register for this year’s event or get further information, visit www.dubbostampede.com.au.

Dubbo Stampede shows great support for the local community

Dubbo Stampede shows great support for the local community

Pictured from right: Dubbo Regional Council Administrator, Michael Kneipp, Dubbo Stampede President, Rod Campbell, Specialized Electrical Director, Len Darlington and staff members at today's event. 

Pictured from right: Dubbo Regional Council Administrator, Michael Kneipp, Dubbo Stampede President, Rod Campbell, Specialized Electrical Director, Len Darlington and staff members at today's event. 

The MAAS Group Dubbo Stampede is continuing to give back to the local community following the completion of stage two of the Tracker Riley River running lighting project, making it safer and more accessible for people to exercise and get fit and healthy.

The latest stage in the project was possible through the support of a Dubbo Regional Council Stronger Communities Fund Community Grants Program grant and local provider Specialized Electrical. Titan Macquarie Mud Run also supported stages of the project.

Together this work has seen light poles erected along the Tracker Riley path to increase its traffic outside of daylight hours.

The project has been something the Dubbo Stampede and other bodies have worked on for a number of years, and to see the eastern side complete is something Dubbo Stampede President, Rod Campbell finds very satisfying.

“The Tracker Riley path is one of Dubbo’s greatest community assets and this project will only enhance it for the benefit of locals and visitors,” Mr Campbell said.

“The Dubbo Stampede is all about giving back to the community, both in our event itself but through projects like this and other not-for-profit groups we support. We align ourselves with projects and groups whose goals and intentions lead to a healthier and more active community and the Tracker Riley river running light project definitely ticks that box.

“We look forward to seeing more families, runners, walkers and bike riders enjoying the Tracker Riley path and leading a healthier and more active lifestyle.”

Turning attention to the Dubbo Stampede which is on 27 August at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo, numbers have been streaming in for the event since registrations opened.

"We’re really happy with the amount of entries coming in thus far, with people clearly wanting to take advantage of the early bird special we have available,” Mr Campbell said.

“By having the 5.3 km Dingo Dash and Wallaby Wheel, 10 km Cheetah Chase, 21.1 km Zebra Zoom Half Marathon and 42.2 km Rhino Ramble Marathon events, we really do cater for people of all abilities who can be looking to run a personal best or just walk the course in their own time.

“Having a total of $10,000 in prize money up for grabs is also a great incentive.”

The Dubbo Stampede would like to thank its sponsors and event partners – the MAAS Group, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Big Blue Digital, EMS Group, Rhino Promotions, Ability Links, Macquarie Credit Union, Dubbo City Toyota, Hertz, Charles Sturt University, GU Energy, Sportsman’s Warehouse and the Daily Liberal. To register for this year’s event or get further information, visit www.dubbostampede.com.au.

Time running out to take advantage of the Dubbo Stampede’s early bird special!

With the countdown to the MAAS Group Dubbo Stampede well and truly on, community members are reminded they only have until Sunday, 23 July to take advantage of the early bird special that has been available since registration opened. 

The early bird special, which encourages everyone to register early for the 27 August event, offers a discount on cost while also making sure you get training and health tips in the lead up to the event.

This year there is an additional incentive for people who take advantage of the early bird special, with a prize of family admission to Taronga Western Plains Zoo, bike hire, overnight accommodation and Savannah Safari Tour.
 
So far the numbers for the event, which is again being held at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo, have been strong. However Dubbo Stampede President, Rod Campbell wants as many people as possible to take advantage by committing themselves now. 

“The early bird special really is a massive win for all participants, but especially mums and dads that will be running or walking with their kids and extended family,” Mr Campbell said. 

“It is great for as many families to participate as it helps to promote an active and healthy lifestyle for kids so the early bird special is just another way we try to encourage that, as is free entry to the zoo the day prior or following your event. 

“By offering the discount in price and the fact you will be entered into the draw to win the zoo adventure pack, I think everyone should be signing up prior to 23 July.”

Participants have four distances to choose from, being the 5.3 km Dingo Dash, 10 km Cheetah Chase, 21.1 km Zebra Zoom Half Marathon and 42.2 km Rhino Ramble Marathon events. 

A 5.3 km Wallaby Wheel event is also being offered for the first time for wheelchair participants. 

The Dubbo Stampede would like to thank its sponsors and event partners – the MAAS Group, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Big Blue Digital, EMS Group, Rhino Promotions, Ability Links, Macquarie Credit Union, Dubbo City Toyota, Hertz, Charles Sturt University, GU Energy, Sportsman’s Warehouse and the Daily Liberal.

To register or get further information on the event visit www.dubbostampede.com.au.  

Media contact: Charlie Whiteley 0417 026 164

Dubbo Stampede excited to announce new event in 2017

For the first time in Dubbo Stampede history, a wheelchair event will be held in a move that will further promote inclusiveness, being healthy and active in your community.

Since the Dubbo Stampede was first held in 2012, it has promoted itself as being a ‘running festival for everyone’, with people of all abilities encouraged to participate and complete one of the four course distances on offer.

This year, the Dubbo Stampede is continuing with the same theme and is excited to partner with Ability Links to offer the 5.3 km ‘Wallaby Wheel’.

Dubbo Stampede President, Rod Campbell said once the logistics were sorted and it was confirmed they were able to offer this event, he couldn’t wait to get the news out there.

“We have always encouraged families, adults and kids to take part in the Dubbo Stampede whether they are trying to break a course record or just complete an event in a more relaxed nature,” Mr Campbell said.

“This year we are so excited to offer a wheelchair event and the fact it will be held around the Taronga Western Plains Zoo makes it all the more special to be a part of.”

Ability Links Orana Far West Team Leader, Cassie Gardner couldn’t get on-board with the Dubbo Stampede quick enough when first approached about the wheelchair event.

“We are thrilled this event is now part of something as big as the Dubbo Stampede,” Ms Gardner said.

“For people in a wheelchair to have the opportunity to not only participate in the Stampede but do so on a course around the zoo is fantastic.”

Along with the Wallaby Wheel, the Dubbo Stampede will again have the 5.3 km Dingo Dash, 10 km Cheetah Chase, 21.1 km Zebra Zoom Half Marathon and 42.2 km Rhino Ramble Marathon events.

Participants will compete in the 27 August event for their part of $8,500 in prize money.

An early bird special in currently available for participants who register prior to 23 July.

The Dubbo Stampede would like to thank its sponsors and event partners – the MAAS Group, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Big Blue Digital, EMS Group, Rhino Promotions, Ability Links, Macquarie Credit Union, Dubbo City Toyota, Hertz, Charles Sturt University, GU Energy, Sportsman’s Warehouse and the Daily Liberal.

To register or get further information, visit www.dubbostampede.com.au.  

Registrations now open for the 2017 Dubbo Stampede!

Families, runners of all abilities and walkers are now able to book their place to run with the herd, with the Dubbo Stampede taking registrations for their 2017 event.

The Dubbo Stampede, which will be held on 27 August at the iconic Taronga Western Plains Zoo, will again have the 5.3 km Dingo Dash, 10 km Cheetah Chase, 21.1 km Zebra Zoom Half Marathon and 42.2 km Rhino Ramble Marathon events. 

This year, for the first time, the Dubbo Stampede will offer a wheelchair race titled the ‘Wallaby Wheel’, which will use the same 5.3 km course around the zoo as the Dingo Dash.

Participants will compete for their part of $8,500 in prize money, while everyone that completes an event will receive a medal and get to experience a wonderful community event that prides itself on being a ‘running festival for everyone’.

Dubbo Stampede President, Rod Campbell can’t wait for registrations to start coming in.

“Now that we have officially launched the Stampede, things start to get really exciting and as we see the entries coming in, we know it is going to be another big and enjoyable event,” Mr Campbell said.

“Year on year we get a lot of families and individuals returning which is fantastic, but I also want to really encourage anyone that has thought about participating previously and not gone ahead to take part this year.

“Whether you’re a serious runner looking to compete for the prize money or simply want to run or walk a distance at your own leisure, this event caters for everyone.”

As with previous years, participating in the Dubbo Stampede will include one day entry to the zoo either on Saturday, 26 August, or following your event on the Sunday which represents fantastic value for both locals and those travelling to Dubbo alike.

A number of deals regarding family entry and an early bird special are currently available for participants.

The Dubbo Stampede would like to thank its sponsors and event partners – the MAAS Group, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Big Blue Digital, Channel 40, Rhino Promotions, Ability Links, Macquarie Credit Union, Dubbo City Toyota, Hertz, Charles Sturt University and the Daily Liberal.

To register or get more information, visit www.dubbostampede.com.au.

Dubbo Stampede to participate in central west running series

We're really excited to join the inaugural half marathon central west running series. To participate, compete in the five half marathon events listed below. Orange is up first, so register now!

New series to make the Central West the Distance Running Capital of Australia

A local initiative will see the five major distance running events in the Central West join together to form the new NSW Regional Championships, starting with half marathons in each event in 2017.

The participating events will be in date order:

1. Orange Running Festival - February 2017

2. Bathurst Half Marathon - May 2017

3. Mudgee Running Festival - August 2017

4. Dubbo Stampede - August 2017
5. Carcoar Cup Running Festival - November 2017

“I think this Regional Championship is a tremendous concept” said Olympic coach Sean Williams.

“So much of Australia’s talented running stock has come from regional areas - this will showcase a lot of not only country NSW’s but even Australia’s future running talent - hopefully an Olympian or two can be unearthed during this series. Apart from giving up and comers a chance to shine, the recreational runners will have a great opportunity to run PB’s in their own territory.”

$8,000 of prizemoney has been put up, along with $1,000 of trophies. We expect the prestige of such a championship, combined with the rewards, will give a considerable boost to numbers participating in each of the five Half Marathons, and also generate considerable interest in the running community nationwide.

To allow the widest possible participation the Championships will be for men and women in age sections 20-39, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and over 60. The events will attract runners from not only our region, but from the major city centres as well. All finishers in each race will be awarded a point, with the top 9 runners receiving bonus points.

“This also represents a major focus on the health, fitness and well-being of Australians. In targeting initially the Half Marathon, we are tapping into the fun runners who are keen to do this ideal distance - a challenge but not out of reach. We do plan to include additional races in 2018”, said spokesman Andrew Baulch.

“We are really excited to link with the other major regional events”, said Rod Campbell, Dubbo Stampede President. The Central West is fast turning into a premium running destination for locals and visitors alike”.

“We see it as a great opportunity to advance distance running in the State, said Athletics NSW Participation Manager, James Matthews.

Tip #42: Race Day- The Recovery

Tip #42: Race Day- The Recovery

The race is over. You have done your best and now whether you have done a PB (personal best) or a PW (personal worst), it is time to recover and enjoy the ‘afterglow’

May I suggest that if possible soon after your event, to rehydrate and eat. Splash out on a treat for yourself. When you get home, more food. Yea. And maybe a nap after a warm bath or shower (if circumstances allow).

Give yourself some days off hard training if you are continuing your training. Easy and active recovery does not mean no running at all. It just means easy running for a period roughly a day for each 1 or 2 kilometers of your event. So, that means one week for The Dash, a couple of weeks for The Chase  three weeks for The Zoom and a month off hard training for The Ramble

See you next year!!

 

Tip #41: Race Day tips- The Taper is over- The Day has arrived!

Tip #41: Race Day tips- The Taper is over- The Day has arrived!

To get ready for the exciting day, may I recommend three things.

  1. Wake early and prepare and dress in your running clothes (or better still put on your already prepared running clothes from the night before).

  2. Eat light an easily digestible meal low in fibre such as a banana and piece of toast with honey, or whatever you know is good for you. Give yourself plenty of time to sit on the loo for effective toileting!

  3. If you are sick, consider your goals. Don’t run if you have a fever or some undiagnosed illness that will endanger your health if you compete. If you are a bit crook, revise your goal to an easier effort. Maybe a ‘social run’ :-)

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Tip #40: Race Day tips- The Taper- The night before

Tip #40: Race Day tips- The Taper- The night before

Lack of sleep. Is that a problem?

 

Think of three things before your Stampede race.

 

  1. Hydrate with non alcoholic and non caffeinated drinks. Don’t worry if you have to get up to go to the toilet in the middle of the night. Sleep is not critically important the night before.

  2. Eat light. I made the mistake of eating two big meals the night before a marathon once and during the race I stopped at the portaloos more than once for ‘number 2’s’. Just have your normal meal but less.

  3. Go to bed early if you can. Rest rather than sleep is important in the last night. You may be nervous. That is okay as it is normal. It is your body getting ready for your event.

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Tip #39: Race Day tips- The Taper- In the last week

Tip #39: Race Day tips- The Taper- In the last week

What you do in the week leading up to a race, especially a long one like a Half Marathon or Marathon can greatly affect the outcome on event day.

 

Here are some things not to do in the last week:

  1. Stay a little dehydrated. Drink little water and too much alcohol

  2. Eat little or too much ‘rubbish’ food

  3. Stay up late and get less sleep than usual

  4. Become anxious about the event, thinking that it is the most important thing ever

  5. Become irritable with those closest and dearest, and expect them to understand

  6. Put in a few hard training sessions, to ‘finish off’ your fitness

 

On the other hand, if want to get to the starting line in as good a condition as possible:

  1. Drink a couple of liters of water per day, and no alcohol

  2. Eat quality carbohydrates and avoid eating too little (or too much)

  3. Get to bed earlier than normal

  4. Relax and remember, it is only a race

  5. Be nice to your friends and family

  6. Reduce your volume of training by a good 50%

Here is more good advice below:

Tip #38: Race Day tips- The Taper- When should it start?

Tip #38: Race Day tips- The Taper- When should it start?

The Taper begins after your last long run, usually 3 to 4 weeks from your Rhino Ramble Marathon, 10 to 14 days from your Zebra Zoom Half Marathon, 7 to 10 days from your Cheetah Chase 10 km and about 5 to 7 days from your Dingo Dash 5.5 km.

For the taper it is the amount of running that is reduced, not intensity (except maybe for the last 2 or 3 days perhaps when you might also reduce speed slightly any faster running in the plan). So don’t run slower, run less.

There is no ‘hard and fast’ rule about the reduction amount, but a guide could be 50% to 60% less kilometers in the last week, 30% to 40% in the second last week, and 10% to 20% less in the third last week (if you are running the marathon). That means that the biggest reduction is in that last week for the Zoom or Ramble, or days if you are running the Dash or Chase.