As part of her role as the 2013 Orange Colour City Running Festival ambassador, Lisa Corrigan has helped attract a record number of participants to Bloomfield’s first marathon event.
More than 1700 people took part in an overwhelming show of support for the event, including eighty-eight marathon runners taking on the inaugural 42.2-kilometre run.
“It’s fantastic. It’s a shame about the weather, but you can’t control that I guess,” Miss Corrigan, originally from Canowindra, said.
“It’s growing each year, 1700 entries, that’s … for a country city, I think it can keep going. The whole crew have done an amazing job,” said Corrigan.
“I’ve seen a lot of fun runs in my time and this is one of the best.”
Corrigan is currently out of training with a torn achilles tendon and is expected to spend another six months working on her rehabilitation.
Despite not being able to run, the Beijing Olympian found it humbling to be able to give back to the bush.
“I’m from this area, I just wanted to give back to the community,” she said.
“I was here until I was 18, and everyone was really supportive of my running.
“When I was asked, I was always going to do it.”