Run­ning scared or run­ning strong?

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

CRUISE Whit­sun­days Air­lie Beach Run­ning Fes­ti­val has put a chal­lenge out to the com­mu­nity.

Tar­geted at busi­nesses, clubs and sport­ing groups, the six-week chal­lenge is to get fit and have fun in prepa­ra­tion for the fes­ti­val.

The event is of­fer­ing boot camps be­tween now and the July 18–19 event. The weekly ses­sions cost a gold coin do­na­tion and will take place ev­ery Thurs­day from to­day to July 16 at the Air­lie Beach fore­shore at 5.15pm.

“You can be fit for any dis­tance in six weeks,” event manager Wendy Downes said.

“No mat­ter what event you choose to en­ter, six weeks is a good lead-in for your train­ing. And you will be train­ing with other like-minded peo­ple who are also en­tered in the fes­ti­val.

“We are very ex­cited as we al­ready have 240 reg­is­tered en­trants and we are well on our way to smash­ing our record of 400 par­tic­i­pants.”

This year there are two team events – the half-marathon al­lows three peo­ple to form a re­lay team, run­ning 7km each, while the 5km Team Chal­lenge sees groups of three to 10 peo­ple run­ning to­gether.

“So grab your work col­leagues, team­mates, neigh­bours, friends and fam­ily mem­bers and put a team in for some fun,” Ms Downes said.

“You can walk or run the 5km and only the first three team mem­bers count, so the rest of you can just have fun and let the more se­ri­ous run­ners run ahead. Team jer­seys and cor­po­rate colours are wel­come.”

For in­di­vid­u­als, the run­ning fes­ti­val in­cludes a half-marathon (part of the Ath­let­ics North Queens­land Half Marathon Se­ries), the Port of Air­lie 10km and the Bal­ance Po­di­a­try 5km Fun Run – all held on Sun­day, July 19.

On Satur­day, July 18, the new Sea Star 2km Kids’ Fun Run for pri­mary school chil­dren will take place, with more than 50 en­trants al­ready signed up.

To reg­is­ter for the six-week chal­lenge, phone Mark on 0414 894 897.

For fes­ti­val in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter, visit www.whit­sun­dayrun­ning­

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