A runaway success
THE 2015 Cruise Whitsundays Airlie Beach Running Festival was a huge success, with a 62 per cent increase on the 2014 event and almost double 2013.
The weather and the atmosphere over the weekend were amazing and gave all the visitors from interstate and overseas a wonderful impression of the Whitsundays, which will be taken back to their respective states and 11 other countries.
With word of mouth being the best advertising for any product, hopefully the event will continue to grow and attract more visitors to our region, to boost the Whitsunday economy through accommodation, tours, restaurants and retail.
With the introduction of the Kids 2km Fun Run and the primary school challenge, the excitement commenced on Saturday afternoon, encouraging many late entries and unfortunately caused us to run out of stock.
We apologise to the kids who didn’t get a medal on the day but got one in the following week, also all those who didn’t get the singlet size of their choice.
Stock is always ordered weeks in advance and early pre-entry is recommended. On this occasion the very large number of late entries was even in excess of our over-ordering.
It was a similar story with the other events on Sunday, especially the 5km, so please enter early next year.
Congratulations to Cannonvale State School on winning the inaugural Primary School Challenge trophy and also the Cannonvale State School teachers who entered three teams in the Business Team Challenge.
The Business Team Challenge was hotly contested this year with 13 teams and was won by GSL Aviation.
All teams got into the spirit of the challenge on the day, but sadly the team captain of the Eco Barge Clean Seas team died tragically after the event in a road accident. We mourn the loss of Greg Barille, a lovable and giving man.
We would like to thank every person who was involved in the success of the third annual Airlie Beach Running Festival which broke all expectations.
To our sponsors, most of whom have supported the event since its inception, we thank you for giving us the ability to provide a great running event, which now attracts the nation and the world.
We particularly thank our major event sponsor Cruise Whitsundays who continue to support the event and provide discounted tours for competitors and their families.
The sponsor list is long and the majority are local – we thank every one of them, without who the event could not happen.
All were listed in the post event Thank You notice.
Thanks also goes to the event committee and of course the volunteers on the day, for whom survey comments were very positive. A great job was done by all and we hope you will all be back for the 2016 event which is also being funded by a Tourism and Events grant.
Wendy Downes OAM Whitsunday Running Club