All smiles . . . Rachel Young (left) and Sarah Eady make the most of last year's Whitehorse Big Easy, which will retun to Waimate on April 8. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The annual Whitehorse Big Easy is returning to Waimate due to popular demand.

Athletes are encouraged to sign up for this year’s Big Easy, which encompasses three separate events – cycling, walking/running and a team event.

One of the events – the White Horse Challenge – features teams of two people, with one running 18km and the other cycling 27km.

Teams must raise $500, which will this year benefit the Waimate Rotary Club, White Horse Mountainbike Club and Land Search and Rescue.

Committee chairman Ryan Luckman was pleased to announce all events would return to the Waimate A&P Showgrounds on April 8.

“We launched it last year. It went really, really well,” he said.

The event attracted 400 competitors, who travelled from far and wide to take part, and organisers hope to exceed that figure this year.

“If we could break the 600-plus [mark] that would be ideal,” he said.

A range of aspects were likely to have drawn people to last year’s event, including the various disciplines and the central location, where camping was possible the night before, Mr Luckman said.

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