Runners converge on state’s most popular series
TWO decades of tradition will continue at Buderim’s Elizabeth Daniels Park on Sunday.
Race one of the Allez Sport Cross Country Series will see more than 400 runners toe the start line across 10km, 6km, 4km and 3km events, as well as junior races of 2km, 1km and 500m.
Jointly organised between a dedicated committee and Maroochy Athletics Club since 1996, race director Andrew Bock said the series attracts about 2000 athletes across six races.
“We have people who come from Deception Bay, Gympie and Maryborough,” Andrew said.
“There is also a huge number of kids because its the same as the regional course.
“Entry is also very cheap. We try and do everything we can to keep the price down. The funds from the series support senior athletes who go to national and international events...we currently have 20 going to the national championships.”
This year will also see Maleny Golf Course host the state championship on July 29.
It’s a stunning location where spectators can see the entire route from one vantage point.
“We take pride that our courses are challenging,” Andrew said.
“People get a sense of achievement when they finish. (Cross country) is so much more interesting that just running on the road. Parkruns have a huge following as well, but we have all different courses so you are not doing the same course all the time.”
The Allez Sport Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast Cross Country series returns on Sunday.