ABOUT SWEAT VS STEAM
Fitness. Health. Fun.
The first Sweat vs Steam was ran in 1998. The first event was a half marathon, 21.1km and had fewer than 50 participants. The local YMCA rang a Breakkie Run one Sunday a month, and a group of volunteers from this event got together and organised the event. It has grown from this time. Sweat vs Steam has always been organised by volunteers and supported by the community, as participants, marshals and other roles which enable the small group of volunteers make the event happen.
The event was run over various different courses and has gone over the Echuca-Moama Bridge into NSW, it has gone out to the East, through the bush and various other courses. It hasn’t always been the same distance; it has varied between 12km right up to 21km. It has always been about showing off the Murray River and our surrounds. In 2016 when the Murray River flooded, the course was changed several times as the River rose. In the end it was a 5 lap course to keep the participants feet dry and keep them safe. The 5km event was added to encourage more people to join in.
We have participants over a vast age group from Primary school children, babies in pram right up to people who are ?? and older. We have always had a category for participants who have a disability and we have always been well supported by our locals in these categories. We had a record number of participants in 2014 when we had just over 720! This event raised over $22,000 for the local community. We have had some class runners participate over the years. We are lucky to have several class athletes in our community, who always enthusiastic supporters of the event, Tarli Bird, Brady Threlfall, Archie Reid, to name a few and other class runners such as Andy Buchannan from Bendigo. Our participants come from all over, we have strong support from the local people and have groups of friends who travel year after year from areas such as Mornington Peninsula and Geelong. We have had entrants from South Australia and Tasmania, people travel far and wide to join in.
Sweat vs Steam is a community event and all money raised is put back into the local community. This is done by calling for individuals or groups looking for funding. We have supported individuals who have needed swimming lessons for their children. We supported a boy who, as the result of an accident, had an acquired brain injury to have swimming lessons.
We supplied funds to build a fence around the Bunaloo Tennis courts to help keep the children safe when the Ladies had mid-week tennis. We supplied funds to resurface the basketball court at St Patricks Primary School in Tongala. Money has enabled children to attend school camp, those who’s families would not have been able to afford to send them to camp. The funds have contributed to many school breakfast programs. Some of the schools who have received this funding to support their breakfast programs are: Mathoura Primary School, Echuca Central Primary School, St Joseph’s College, Echuca College, Echuca East Primary School.
The funds are not only available for groups, but individuals. We have purchased football boots for kids. We make our funds available to every part of the community. Echuca Search and Rescue have received funds for various emergency equipment requirements.
Sweat Vs Steam is a community-focused event, open to participants of all ages. We believe that fitness should be a way of life, not a list of goals to achieve, and that’s why our event is open to everyone - not just athletes or extremely fit individuals. Take a look at our site to find out more about ways to participate and start training today!