THE decision by newly formed Whitsunday Running Festival to host the inaugural Airlie Beach Running Festival was a giant leap of faith in a community already saturated with so many ways to spend our weekend. However we have been extremely happy with the amount of community support, by way of financial and in-kind sponsorships. Every event requires funding to be able to succeed and for this event it has been very evident that our local businesses had sufficient confidence in us to make it happen and bring more visitors to the region.
Our projected competitor numbers have already been exceeded, at one week out from the event, so we are now expecting that we will at least reach 300, many of them travelling from the drive market but also the southeast corner as well as interstate and overseas.
Without all the assistance we have received, none of this would not be possible and we would like to thank all our major sponsors, Airlie Beach Hotel, McDonalds, Cruise Whitsundays, Ray White, Prime Radio, Graphic House, Harvey Norman and especially Port of Airlie, who came in as a major sponsor just two weeks before the event, and Whitsunday Regional Council who provided a community assistance grant. Our thanks also goes to Whitsunday Marketing and Development who have assisted in the lead up to the event.
There are many locals participating on Sunday and we wish them all luck, with some competing for the very first time and some just happy to be competing on their own turf for a change. We hope that there will be a lot of spectators out on the course, which spreads from Beach Rd, Cannonvale through to Timberland Rd, including the Bicentennial Walkway and Port of Airlie. Commencing at 7am, the start and finish is at the Broadwater Avenue Carpark and a map will be posted on site on Saturday. All information and course maps are on the whitsundayrunningclub website. Good luck to everyone on Sunday. Wendy Downes PRESIDENT WHITSUNDAY RUNNING CLUB