Join­ing Run­ning Fes­ti­val party with all bells and whis­tles

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - SA­MAN­THA HEALY

IT’S all fun and games un­til some­one calls the re­al­tor.

But for North Ward’s John and Marita Hub­bard ( pic­tured), not even an im­pend­ing sale of their rental house was go­ing to stop their an­nual party.

The cou­ple de­cided to buy the house af­ter the owner put the prop­erty on the mar­ket but not be­cause of its great lo­ca­tion.

They wanted to save an an­nual tra­di­tion.

“Long may the party con­tinue now that we’re here to stay,” Mr Hub­bard said.

The prop­erty be­came known as “The Party House” af­ter the cou­ple be­gan host­ing an an­nual Marathon Break­fast Party in con­junc­tion with the McDon­ald’s Townsville Run­ning Fes­ti­val.

As run­ners turn on to the Rowes Bay Es­planade, they are greeted by a mass of py­jama- clad rev­ellers en­cour­ag­ing them to keep go­ing. Whis­tles, bells and a pump­ing mu­sic all greet the run­ners while smells of a break­fast bar­be­cue waft from the front yard.

“We had to buy it back for the sake of the run­ners. This has been a tra­di­tion for the Townsville Run­ning Fes­ti­val that we started 12 years ago,” Mr Hub­bard said.

“We’ve been a part of the Fes­ti­val for so long and it wouldn’t be the same with­out our mad­ness.”

Townsville Road Run­ners pres­i­dent Tony Gor­don said the Marathon Break­fast Party was a favourite part of the course for many run­ners, with some com­peti­tors even for­go­ing a good fin­ish time for a fry- up.

“It’s been pretty dif­fi­cult to run past the house some years, smelling the ba­con fry­ing and see­ing ev­ery­one wrapped up in blan­kets sip­ping drinks,” he said. “I’ve seen one or two com­peti­tors stop to join in the fun.”

The 17th an­nual McDon­ald’s Townsville Run­ning Fes­ti­val will be held on Au­gust 2 at Jezzine Bar­racks. For more in­for­ma­tion and to register go to townsvillerun­ningfes­ti­val. com

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