Image from the Black Rock Stakes
Rivalry between the ‘Dampier Salt Shakers’ and the ‘Pilbara Pushers’ was always a highlight of the annual Black Rock Stakes – a quirky annual race held to raise funds for community charities. For nearly 40 years, these teams thrashed it out along the 120 km route from Goldsworthy to Port Hedland, pushing home-designed barrows with 11 kilos of Pilbara iron ore. Held at night to avoid the intense Pilbara heat, teams of up to 12 runners ran non-stop. The race was eventually shut down due to safety concerns. This trophy is a reminder of the strong community spirit of these company-dominated mining towns.