Lo­cal run­ner the early favourite for fes­ti­val

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RUN­NING: Hamil­ton Is­land’s Steve Jack­son is one of the favourites for next month’s Cruise Whit­sun­days Air­lie Beach Run­ning Fes­ti­val half­marathon.

The Whit­sun­day Run­ning Club mem­ber and avid triath­lete has won the event nu­mer­ous times and is tipped to head the pack come July 19.

“When I com­pete, I am al­ways fo­cused on do­ing my best and if I win, it’s a bonus,” he said. “If I don’t win, then it wasn’t meant to be and I am just happy to have par­tic­i­pated and done my best. It’s not al­ways about win­ning but about the en­joy­ment and ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The half-marathon is part of the Ath­let­ics North Queens­land Half Marathon Se­ries – a five-race com­pe­ti­tion – so the Air­lie Beach Run­ning Fes­ti­val is ex­pected to host some high-qual­ity run­ners keen on win­ning the se­ries.

Cruise Whit­sun­days is the event’s ma­jor spon­sor and CEO Nick Hor­tle said the fes­ti­val would be at­trac­tive for both lo­cals and tourists. “Many of our staff par­tic­i­pated in last year’s event, ei­ther in­di­vid­u­ally or as a team, and this year’s event has at least four teams com­pet­ing. It’s one of Aus­tralia’s most scenic run­ning cour­ses,” he said.

The event in­cludes the 21.1km (half-marathon) race and var­i­ous team events.

“Grab your shoes, get out there and train for any of the dis­tances from 5km to half­marathon. It’s only a de­ci­sion away and it could change your life,” event or­gan­iser Wendy Downes said.

To register, visit www.whit­sun­dayrun­ning­club.com.au.

RUN­NING HOT: Hamil­ton Is­land’s Steve Jack­son.

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