Run­ners con­verge on state’s most pop­u­lar series

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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.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

The Allez Sport Mooloolaba Sun­shine Coast Cross Coun­try series re­turns on Sun­day.

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