Reg­is­tra­tions build­ing for 2014 run­ning fes­ti­val

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RUN­NING FES­TI­VAL

THE Whit­sun­day Run­ning Club is pre­par­ing for the sec­ond an­nual Cruise Whit­sun­days Air­lie Beach Run­ning Fes­ti­val to be held on July 20.

Whit­sun­days Run­ning Club pres­i­dent Wendy Downes said early reg­is­tra­tion have been flow­ing in via the club’s web­site.

“Early reg­is­tra­tion al­lows all com­peti­tors and their fam­i­lies to plan for this event and their visit to the Whit­sun­days,” she said.

Fol­low­ing the huge suc­cess of the 2013 event, lo­cal tour and ferry op­er­a­tor Cruise Whit­sun­days has come on board as the ma­jor spon­sor and to­gether with other lo­cal busi­ness spon­sors, will be work­ing with Whit­sun­day Run­ning Club to achieve an even bet­ter out­come for the re­gion.

Cruise Whit­sun­days man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Chris Ja­cobs con­firmed that Cruise Whit­sun­days had en­tered a team into the event, say­ing “even though our logo is a tur­tle, we will not be slow”.

“Cruise Whit­sun­days is a proud spon­sor and I am happy that we are able to show­case the new Cruise Whit­sun­days ter­mi­nal at the Port of Air­lie as part of the event course,” he said.

This year’s event in­cludes the sig­na­ture event Half Marathon 21.1km, the Port of Air­lie 10km and the Bal­ance Po­di­a­try 5km with a scenic course tak­ing in the beauty of Air­lie Beach and sur­rounds.

A three per­son re­lay team cat­e­gory has been in­cor­po­rated into the Half Marathon, plus a 5km Cor­po­rate Team Chal­lenge and fancy dress is op­tional.

The Half Marathon is race three of five in the Ath­let­ics north Queens­land Half Marathon, with race one in Ayr, race two in Mackay, race four in Townsville and race five in Cairns.

Whit­sun­days Mar­ket­ing and De­vel­op­ment Limited (WMDL) chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Da­nial Rochford is thrilled to see the suc­cess­ful event en­ter its sec­ond year.

“WMDL has been work­ing with the event man­agers to take the event to the next level, as part of WMDL’s Events In­no­va­tion Strat­egy for the Whit­sun­days re­gion,” Mr Rochford said.

“The 2013 event was a huge suc­cess and has at­tracted many com­peti­tors, spec­ta­tors, their fam­i­lies and friends from across the re­gion, in­ter­state and from all over Aus­tralia.”

Multi-award win­ning lo­cal travel agent Air­liebeach.com has also part­nered with the Whit­sun­day Run­ning Club to of­fer event hol­i­day pack­ages for com­peti­tors.

The 2014 event will proudly sup­port lo­cal not-for-profit en­vi­ron­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion Eco Barge Clean Seas Inc.

Be one of the first to en­ter this event via www.whit­sun­dayrun­ning­club.com.au/ events.

Early bird dis­count avail­able un­til May 31.

READY TO RUN: Whit­sun­day Run­ning Club pres­i­dent Wendy Downes and Cruise Whit­sun­day man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Chris Ja­cobs tested out a new sec­tion of the 10km Port of Air­lie Run with the sup­port of Port of Air­lie gen­eral man­ager Andrew Forster last week.

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