En­tries open now for an­nual trail run

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RUN­NING

EN­TRIES have opened for the long­est trail run through the rain­forests of trop­i­cal north Queens­land, the 28km Run the Whit­sun­day Great Walk on Sun­day, Septem­ber 22.

Mackay Road Run­ners will en­list the sup­port of lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions to host the event, now in its sev­enth year, through the rugged Con­way National Park.

Mackay Road Run­ner and or­gan­iser Nickie King said the event con­tin­ues to grow in pop­u­lar­ity and rep­u­ta­tion each year.

“Word of mouth gets around the run­ning com­mu­nity and peo­ple come from all over Aus­tralia to com­pete in the run, and com­bine it with a hol­i­day in Air­lie Beach,” she said.

The rugged ter­rain and re­mote­ness of the trail through the rain­for­est-clad hills of Con­way National Park makes the run unique in Aus­tralia.

The trail winds its way along­side streams, over the Mt Hay­ward plateau then de­scends steeply into Air­lie Beach.

This year event or­gan­is­ers are aim­ing to at­tract up to 200 com­peti­tors to com­pete in the run, which will be the largest field of com­peti­tors to date.

“Each run­ner is given an is­land, lo­ca­tion or busi­ness within the Whit­sun­day re­gion to rep­re­sent dur­ing the run. It adds to the lo­cal flavour of the event and is a bit of fun,” Ms King said.

Mackay Road Run­ners re­lies on the sup­port of many lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions to en­sure the safety of run­ners through­out the event.

Queens­land Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice pre­pare the track months in ad­vance and team up with the State Emer­gency Ser­vice to pro­vide drinks and first aid to run­ners dur­ing the run.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter on­line for the event visit www.whit­sun­dayrun.com or email whit­sun­dayrun@gmail.com.

GREAT RACE: Mackay run­ners Tim Caddy rep­re­sent­ing Pel­i­can Is­land and Greg Coul­son rep­re­sent­ing Plum Pud­ding Is­land at the 1km mark of a pre­vi­ous Run the Whit­sun­day Great Walk.

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