FIFO worker wins Marble Bar undies dash

Alexander ScottNorth West Telegraph
Adam Viska (centre) took out the Mixed Breed Undie Run.
Camera IconAdam Viska (centre) took out the Mixed Breed Undie Run. Credit: North West Telegraph, Alexander Scott

Punters, patrons and fun lovers, converged at the Marble Bar Races on Saturday for a day of festivity in the middle of nowhere.

The annual event is the highlight of the Pilbara town’s social calendar with more than 1600 people attending the meeting.

The weekend began with a ball on Friday night, before the action continued on Saturday with the races and culminated in night entertainment with the Bradley Hall Band performing.

But the real horsing around came after the last race when punters stripped down for the mixed-breed undies run 100m dash.

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Winner Adam Viska overcame the chaotic start to pull ahead of the rest of the crowd and win.

Mr Viska, who lives in Perth and works in Marble Bar, said the race was a lot of fun and he was happy to get the win.

“I talked a big game before the start, and some of the boys looked pretty fit, so I didn’t expect the win, but I got it in the end," he said.

Marble Bar Race Club committee vice-president Cheryl Manurung said the race is an iconic part of Western Australian culture.

“People come from everywhere, again and again, we’ve had people coming for the last 50 years, and they still keep coming back,” she said. She said the event brought the wider community together and attracted tourists into the town.

“It brings business into town, and everyone comes for a good day, it’s family friendly, there are no concerns, and everyone has a really good time,” she said.

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