Video courtesy of The Stawell Gift.
Stawell Athletics Club Men’s Stawell Gift
ABOUT THE STAWELL GIFT
The Stawell Gift has been held in all but four years since 1878, and is one of the world’s most famous and prestigious foot races.
Run on grass, athletes are handicapped according to form and ability, and start off varying marks accordingly. Runners race for glory and prize money with many more dollars working their way through the bookies ring.
The main race is the Stawell Gift which is run over 120m up a slight gradient, and the final is traditionally held on Easter Monday.
Unlike the World Championships or Olympic Games which are conducted on synthetic rubber surfaces, the Stawell Gift is run on a grass track. For the majority of the year, Central Park in the regional town of Stawell is home to local AFL football and cricket, but at Easter time it transforms into an athletics mecca. For the sprint events, the athletes run in lanes that are separated by lane ropes, not painted lines. The famous finish gates are one of the most iconic features of the Gift.