A run­away suc­cess

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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

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