GOING THE DISTANCE: Last year’s winning local runner, Damian Smith, was the first Nowra runner to make it home in ninth place and will be running again this year.THE 2012 Shoalhaven King of the Mountain race is in its 38th year, proving its enduring popularity with athletes.Entries have been pouring in this year from local sports people, outdoor enthusiasts and endurance runners for the race set to kick off on Sunday, July 1 at 9am.The long-distance running event organised by the Nowra Athletics Club covers a 32km course.The race starts at the Cambewarra Public School and finishes at the Kangaroo Valley Showground. The course begins on the streets of Cambewarra along Illaroo and Budgong roads, up over Mt Scanzi and then down to Kangaroo Valley.Affectionately known as the King, the race takes runners on a rural journey through the Shoalhaven. Along the way, contestants see some of the most captivating views and open natural backdrops.The first King was won by Australian Olympian Dave Power. The event was originally promoted as a 20-mile race which has since had very few changes.The day is well supported by local businesses and organisations, including Nowra Toyota, Shoalhaven Spring Water, Shoalhaven Community Transport, Kennedy’s Bus and Coaches, Peter Rose Eye Care Plus Optometrists, Cambewarra Public School and Kangaroo Valley Public School P&C.Along the course, runners will have access to ample drink and refreshment stations. Traffic marshals and support vehicles will provide runners with the necessary instructions en route to comply with traffic regulations.At the end of the race entrants can relax and enjoy a cup of tea at the country canteen and stay for the presentation ceremony.A Kennedy’s bus will depart from the Kangaroo Valley Showground after the completion of the event and bring runners back to the start at Cambewarra Public School.Entries are being taken on line at www.kingofthemountainnowra南京夜网.au. Alternatively participants can register on the day Sunday, July 1 in the administration area at Cambewarra Public School prior to the 9am start.For further entry inquiries, contact Doug Jeffrey on 0407 441 889.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.