DASH FOR CASH: Stephen O'Connor takes out the over 40's 1km race, closely followed by Mick Freeman.
DASH FOR CASH: Stephen O'Connor takes out the over 40's 1km race, closely followed by Mick Freeman. Matt Collins

GALLERY: Running Festival heats up little country town

IT MAY have been a chilly morning in Wondai, but that wasn't going to stop the hundreds of runners at the annual Wondai Country Running Festival.

The many hard-working volunteers from the weekend event can be proud of their huge efforts and the overwhelming turn out of runners from all over Queensland.

The weekend festivities combined a festival atmosphere with a series of challenging running events.

From the 1km dash for cash and all abilities race, to the strenuous half and full marathon, the weekend races had something for everyone.

Talented local runner, James Maxwell picked up the spoils in the under 40's 1km dash for cash and was proud to meet his goal of sub-40-minute 10km run.

"I can proudly say I met my goal even after a 5km parkrun, 10km trail run and a 1km dash for Cash yesterday,” he said.

In the females under 40's dash for cash race, it was a case of sibling rivalry as sisters, Paige and Kirsten O'Connor fought it out for the spoils.

Younger sister, Paige showed she wasn't over-awed by the occasion taking out the win and the boasting rights.

Not one to let the kids take all the attention, Paige and Kirsten's father, Stephen O'Connor took home the cash in the mens' over 40's 1km event.

Followed closely in second place by Mick Freeman.

In an inspirational first, regional councillor Danita Potter showed her grit by completing the gruelling 21.1km half-marathon.

"Thank you everyone for your support, now I am off home for a bath in Epsom salts and a decent meal,” she said.

When asked if she was going to double her efforts and go the whole marathon next year, Mrs Potter had this response.

"Let's not jump to conclusions,” she said.

Wondai's Country Running Festival has cemented itself as one of the must-do events on the Queensland running calendar.

Just another one of the many successful South Burnett events being boasted about all over the state.

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