The committee of the Hattah Desert Race has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Penrite Hattah Desert Race, scheduled to run from 3-5 July 2020.
Below is the statement posted by the organising committee today.
"In light of the global pandemic and the implications it has for large gatherings, and closed borders across the country, the decision, though deeply disappointing, is necessary.
At an extraordinary Committee meeting last night, the Committee looked at all possible options, including moving the date to August, however without a crystal ball on what this pandemic will look like, this tough decision was made.
Last night the decision was also made that due to the 2020 race cancellation, all top 40 and place-getter pre-entries will be carried forward to the 2021 Hattah Desert Race.
We understand the challenges this poses for our many local organisations and service groups and are working on reaching out as quickly as possible to advise of the cancellation.
As a non-profit, community and volunteer-driven organisation based in Mildura, we understand the power and importance of community and are turning our focus inward for the short-term to ensure we continue to contribute to our great region. We want to thank those volunteers who had been working hard at working bees to get the track and facilities ready for the 2020 race.
We look forward to additional announcements from the Federal and State Governments in the near future, so we can get back out on the dirt and doing what we love.
We wish to thank all our competitors for their patience during this time.
Keep an eye on our social channels for the 2021 date and continue to send through your favourite #HattahMoment."