Thu 23rd May
This Friday, 29 July, the annual McKimmin Mile will be run at Townsville Grammar School. The run is open to any student in Years 7 to 12 and all staff members.
The McKimmin Mile was first run in 1954 and was initiated by the then Headmaster, Maurie Blank, to commemorate the memory of Alan McKimmin a student who died in 1945 after a short illness. Alan, a promising academic and sporting student, was only 17 years of age at the time of his death.
Alan was the seventh member of the family enrolled at the School, the first McKimmin enrolling in 1902. The family were great supporters of the School and Alan’s father, EJ McKimmin, was a Trustee from 1944 to 1951. At the time of Alan’s death the McKimmin family donated a â?¤1000 to the School and the money was used to establish the McKimmin Memorial in the Quadrangle.
For the first 30 years of the race only boys were allowed to run. In 1985 a separate race for girls was introduced by the Headmaster, Alan Morwood. The prize for winning was a Parker pen and pencil set and was keenly contested!
As student enrolments grew over the years, the number of students taking part in the McKimmin Mile naturally increased. Today, the race is no longer an actual ‘mile’ but the spirit of the race lives on.
This year the race begins at 10.10am with staggered starts for the various year levels and concludes at 11.00am.