Buningyong has crowned its king and queen – well, in fitness circles, at least.
People from all parts of the region descended on Buninyong yesterday to tackle Mt Buninyong in the King and Queen of the Mountain fun run.
James Attard was the first over the line to take the King of the Mountain title, covering the 5.5-kilometre trail in 21 minutes, 13 seconds.
Shortly after, Renee Rock was the first female to conquer the mountain, earning herself the honour of being named Queen of the Mountain.
The event returned to the Buninyong Good Life Festival and was hotly contested by more than 200 runners and walkers.
Event organiser Jackie Crabtree said she was ecstatic with the turnout.
“If we were going to get 100 runners we would have been happy,” Crabtree said.
“It’s not long after Run Ballarat so we thought we would put it out there.
“For the first year of a fun run we were ecstatic with 200 people. “We can only expect that numbers will double for next year.”
The starter’s gun was fired at 8am at the Buninyong Community Reserve as runners embarked on a trail that weaved through Buninyong’s streets and unsealed roads before a final hike up Mt Buninyong.
The region’s recent dismal weather stayed away for the event, allowing runners to take in the view from Mt Buninyong’s peak.
Crabtree said frequent fun runs and sporting activities were proof that Buninyong and Ballarat were combating obesity.
“Buninyong and Ballarat are bucking the trend of obesity and we are contributing to people’s health by doing these events,” she said.
Buninyong’s village atmosphere was present throughout the festival, where family and friends gathered.
“The vibe there in the morning was just unbelievable,” Crabtree said.
“You could hear people chatting and everyone knew each other.”