Running festival is gaining momentum
THIS year’s inaugural Whitsunday Running Festival looks set to draw a massive crowd with hundreds already registering across the three distances of 5km, 10km and half marathon (21.1km).
Running partners and friends Andrew Forster and Mark Salomone have been busy training for the event and both will be tackling their first ever half marathon.
“I have a very competitive brotherin-law (Salomone) who got me off my couch about six months ago and we’ve come along way since our first 500m run,” he said.
Andrew Forster is the general manager of Port of Airlie and he said it was an easy decision to come on board and support the event which will be using the picturesque boardwalk as part of its running track.
“I think the important thing is that we need more events like this to bring people into the area. This event has a great opportunity to became a regular on the calendar and become a major event that brings lots of people in every year,” he said.
Mark Salomone works with Harvey Norman, who will be providing a number of prizes to winners of the race.
“I’ve only been here 12 months and it’s rare to see key events like this so hopefully it will be a big success,” he said.
Anyone after more information should contact event organiser Wendy Downes on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0418 768 493.
READY TO RUN: Andrew Forster, Wendy Downes and Mark Salomone at Port of Airlie which will host a section of the running track at the inaugural Whitsunday Running Festival on July 20-21.