Run­ning fes­ti­val is gain­ing mo­men­tum

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -


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 info@whit­sun­dayrun­ning­ 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.

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