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Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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

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