More than 100 teams are gearing up for this year's human-powered vehicle challenge in Maryborough.
More than 100 teams are gearing up for this year's human-powered vehicle challenge in Maryborough. Contributed

Wheel good way for kids to have fun at Tech Challenge

EDITORIAL: In the face of tourism statistics showing declining visitor numbers to the Fraser Coast, it's heartening that we can rely on events such as the RACQ Technology Challenge to bring people to town.

More than 2000 students and their supporters are expected to begin converging on Maryborough's central business district from Friday to take part in the weekend challenge.

In previous years, I've supported my nephew, who raced with a team from Gladstone, at the track.

He was bit bleary-eyed and exhausted from pedalling many laps around the track but he was in good spirits.

On Sunday morning, as the race was coming to a close, the cheering from the sidelines grew louder as the racers completed their last laps.

And there was plenty of celebrating among all the teams when it finished - and not just the winners.

That's the beauty of a 24-hour race - just completing it is a major achievement.

The inconvenience of having some of the city streets closed is a small price for locals to pay for such a great event.

And it's made possible, in part, thanks to hordes of volunteers who give their time to ensure the event runs smoothly and safely.

So thanks to all the volunteers and everyone involved in the making the challenge such a strong drawcard for the region.



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