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.

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