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.

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