The Victorian Government has implemented a State of Emergency that bans non-essential mass gatherings of 500 or more people in Victoria, effective midday Monday 16 March until 13 April 2020. In respect of this announcement, the 2020 Stawell Gift will not proceed on April 11-13, 2020.
The Stawell Athletic Club is working closely with the Victorian Government, Northern Grampians Shire Council and the Victorian Athletic League in what is an evolving situation. This includes assessing options for potentially re-scheduling the 2020 Stawell Gift to a date later in the year.
The Stawell Gift is a running race that has a long history that dates back to the late 19th Century. Today, this iconic race has grown to be the most important event in Stawell’s sporting calendar.
The event is usually held in April over the Easter holidays and is held at Central Park in Stawell. Central Park is 67 kilometres from Horsham and about a 2.5hr drive from Melbourne. The park is easily accessible from the National Highway marked “A8”.
Stawell Gift Race – 2020 Dates, Location & Prize Money, Victoria
In addition to this, sprinters taking part in the events have their lanes demarcated by lane ropes instead of conventional lines painted on the rubber surface. During the competition, spectators will note that the runners are grouped differently, and this is based on the ability and form of each individual. Consequently, the starting points differ accordingly as each runner is given a ‘handicap’ which is based on their qualifying time.
Visitors to Stawell can also enjoy an array of other activities including golfing, heritage walks, driving tours, scenic tours, winery tours and cultural tours to the museums and art galleries located throughout the town. Discover the history of this vibrant city by taking a heritage tour across the many historical sites of Stawell. Art lovers should ensure they visit Bunjil’s Shelter which depicts the famous rock art of Bunjil, an imaginary Aboriginal spirit entity.
The thrill of watching the runners and sprinters spring into action, with the grit and determination to win the $40,000 prize is simply irresistible. With fashion off the runway and on the tracks and entertainment for the kids, the Stawell Gift offers an invigorating sporting experience like no other!