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The future of Colac's six-day ultramarathon race is in question.

Organisers are likely to postpone it for the second year in a row because of a lack of people willing to join its committee.

Committee president Bill Sutcliffe said the event was in danger of being held away from Colac.

He said the event was a national championship for ultramarathon runners and was not likely to be abandoned.

Postponing it for two years in a row, however, put its future in Colac under threat.

Mr Sutcliffe said only about 10 people attended the committee's annual general meeting on Sunday in Colac, which was a ``disappointing turnout.

The poor turnout prompted the committee to postpone its election of officers ``for a few months until we decide where we go, he said.

He said people were needed to run the race ``at a local level and more funding was also required.

``We could take it forward at a minimum level but that would be a backward step.

``We want to take time to look at every option.

Mr Sutcliffe said the race was an ``iconic event and had been run well in past years.

It attracts competitors from throughout Australia and overseas.

The number of committee members, however, had been ``thin on the ground.

The race was postponed last year when health problems or work commitments forced five of the eight committee members to step down.

Mr Sutcliffe said the committee would try personal approaches to gain more members rather than only publicising that more support was needed.

``People do not want the race to go but for it to stay we need more than sentiment and goodwill, he said.

The race has previously been held in November.

At the 21st event, in 2005, Yiannis Kouros broke an ultramarathon world record at Colac.


This story was found at: http://the.standard.net.au/articles/2007/02/27/1172338590097.html

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