Marathon $3m boost to region
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.”
The Esplanade, 9am, Friday October 26, to 2pm Sunday, October 28.
* 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.
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
* 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.
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.