GREAT SUPPORT: Donna, Alex and Lyall Rogers have been supported through thick and thin by the mates of their late son Norton.
GREAT SUPPORT: Donna, Alex and Lyall Rogers have been supported through thick and thin by the mates of their late son Norton. Luka Kauzlaric

Mankini run honours mate with a good laugh

ONE false move and any of these blokes could have exposed a lot more than they planned - but it was all in the name of honouring good mate Norton Rogers.

This weekend would have marked Norton's 21st birthday, but he was tragically killed in a car accident in 2011.

The mankini run has since been an annual tribute to a young man with a wicked sense of humour.

While the day is a way of ensuring Mr Rogers' memory is preserved in smiles, the celebration is taking its toll on the family that is left behind.

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That is why 2014 might be the last time 150 young men don next to nothing and run hell for leather over fences and through dams, to the Rogers' property on the outskirts of Calliope.

Parents Lyall and Donna Rogers said the day was conceptualised as a humourous and symbolic celebration.

"The boys run from the corner where Norton died as a way of bringing him home," they said. 

Honouring Norton Rogers.
Honouring Norton Rogers. Chrissy Harris

"Whether he is with us or not, he still deserves to have a 21st."

Describing their son as "larger than life," they say the mankini run is the only occasion they can think of where scantily clad young men put more items of clothing on as the long evening passes and the drinks steadily flow.

"A mankini run is something that really epitomises his character," said Mr Rogers.

"It looks wrong on everyone without exception and it makes us all laugh."

The 21st birthday party featured toasts, a cake and a bucking bull.

All of this was in the name of raising money to help out the SES.

The family hopes to raise $8000 for a quad motorbike to assist the SES in times of disaster relief.

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