Marathon $3m boost to re­gion

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Gizelle Ghidella

THE Trop­i­cal Jour­neys Great Bar­rier Reef Marathon is said to in­ject close to $3 mil­lion into the re­gional econ­omy ac­cord­ing to stud­ies done by Tourism and Events Queens­land.

A to­tal of 2500 run­ners and their fam­i­lies and friends will lace up their shoes and de­scend on the re­gion this Sun­day.

Run­ners from as far as the USA, Canada, UK, Aus­tria, Ja­pan and China are on their way to the start­ing line at the iconic Four Mile Beach.

Event or­gan­is­ers have con­sis­tently pro­moted the “Race, Stay, Play” mes­sage.

In 2017, more than 70 per cent of par­tic­i­pants also hol­i­dayed in the area.

“They stayed in the re­gion for an av­er­age of three nights,” a spokes­woman said.

“In 2018 around 3000 room nights will be booked. And all this hap­pens in a low tourism time of year so that ben­e­fit for lo­cal busi­ness is mul­ti­plied.”

TO­TAL CLO­SURE

The Es­planade, 9am, Fri­day Oc­to­ber 26, to 2pm Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 28.

MANNED CLO­SURES

* Mow­bray St be­tween the Es- planade and Gar­rick St, 4am-10.30pm Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 28. * Gar­rick St be­tween Mow­bray St and Beryl St, 4am-10.30pm Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 28. * Mow­bray River Rd from Glen­garry Big 4 to The Bump Track 4am-10.30pm Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 28.

These par­tial clo­sures will be manned by traf­fic con­trol.

* Cor­ner of Mow­bray River Rd/Con­nolly Rd to Spring Creek and Tre­size Rd is NOT af­fected by this event.

LO­CAL RES­I­DENTS ONLY

* 4am-10.30am Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 28, (race day) * If you can avoid travel be­tween peak pe­riod of 7.30am-10am that would be ap­pre­ci­ated.

CAU­TION RUN­NERS

Res­i­dents please take care when trav­el­ling in the fol­low­ing ar­eas be­tween 7.30am-12.30pm due to event in progress. * Solan­der Boule­vard, Bougainvil­lea Way, Nau­tilus St, Beor St (Port Pa­cific Es­tate) * Lit­tle Reef St, The Sun­bird Cen­tre, Palmer Sea Reef, Sher­a­ton Mi­rage Re­sort. * Mitre St, Port Dou­glas Rd, Old Port Rd, Cap­tain Cook High­way (Craiglie)

PLEASE NOTE: Port Dou­glas Rd, David­son St and the Cap­tain Cook High­way ARE NOT CLOSED

TRANS­FER IN­FOR­MA­TION

* Ac­cess to Beaches and Mow­bray by the Sea will need to be via Gar­rick St. * Res­i­dents on Gar­rick St will have ac­cess in and out of their streets. * Res­i­dents on Sands St will need to speak with Traf­fic Mar­shall for ac­cess – al­though it is pre­ferred not to oc­cur be­tween 7.30am-10.30am as that is the height of run­ners in the area.

PARK­ING:

Will be avail­able in Reynolds Park from the cor­ner of David­son St and Blake St – al­ter­na­tively at the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Mow­bray St.

Reg­is­tra­tions taken for all dis­tances on the day. Join us and #run­forthereef.

The team at the Trop­i­cal Jour­neys Great Bar­rier Reef Marathon Fes­ti­val would like to thank lo­cals for their sup­port and apol­o­gise for any in­con­ve­nience caused.

For ques­tions about road clo­sures con­tact Mick on 0417 383 767.

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