Port fun run

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

MORE than 60 peo­ple took part in the Port Dou­glas community fun run last Satur­day.

An ex­hi­bi­tion was then per­formed by lo­cal leg­end and Actin Fit­ness owner Nick Car­ling and his team.

The fun run was held on the same day of the Olympic open­ing cer­e­mony and had a sim­i­lar theme with par­tic­i­pants wear­ing Olympic-in­spired out­fits.

The ob­jec­tive be­hind the fun run was to raise money to sup­port the Port Dou­glas So­lar Eclipse Marathon Train­ing Squad ( PDSEMTS), a group of lo­cal peo­ple who are work­ing hard to pre­pare for the race of a life­time and are ready to put Port Dou­glas on the map.

“The idea be­hind the eclipse rep­re­sen­ta­tion is to en­sure max­i­mum ex­po­sure of Port Dou­glas community spirit on the day (Novem­ber 14),” Car­ling said.

“The plan is to have a group of at least 50 peo­ple rep­re­sent­ing our re­gion when the world’s me­dia will be fo­cused on our amaz­ing des­ti­na­tion.”

The funds raised were in ex­cess of $600 and will con­trib­ute to­wards the train­ing pro­vided by mas­ter coach Trevor Chet­cuti from Spinewise, Mel­bourne.

Coles Port Dou­glas sup­plied a full bar­be­cue break­fast post fun run, en­abling the group to raise even more money.

An­other fun run is likely to be held in about six weeks prior to the so­lar eclipse, in Novem­ber, and will al­low lo­cal run­ners to per­fect their run­ning style.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

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