Mother Na­ture shines on chil­dren’s 2km race

Whitsunday Times - - AIRLIE BEACH RUNNING FESTIVAL 2016 -

MOTHER Na­ture an­swered the prayers of the ju­nior Air­lie Beach Run­ning Fes­ti­val par­tic­i­pants on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

She held off the pre­cip­i­ta­tion de­spite the 80% chance of rain, fore­cast by the weather bureau.

After a lit­tle con­fu­sion at the begin­ning of the kids 2km race, the chil­dren set off on the course that de­parted Broad­wa­ter Ave at a blis­ter­ing pace.

The kids ran through the Air­lie Beach lagoon and along the fore­shore to the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club where they turned around and headed back to their start­ing point.

Shantelle Short was the first over the line and there was a very close tussle be­fore the line for sec­ond and third place. The kids then re-hy­drated with free wa­ter and fruit sup­plied by the Prickly Pineap­ple.

Event di­rec­tor Wendy Downes OAM said the kids’ race went “very well” de­spite the kids be­ing “a lit­tle dis­or­gan­ised and ex­cited”.

“There was 155 (run­ners) which is al­most the same as last year,” she said. “A lot of par­ents were con­cerned about the weather. I am sur­prised we got that many, there were a lot of late en­tries on the day be­cause of the weather pre­vi­ously.”

Ms Downes said the weather turned out to be good run­ning weather, not cold like last year and not too hot.

“We are blessed, ab­so­lutely. It has been a great event,” she said.

Even the lit­tle girl who fell over and re­ceived first aid at­ten­tion from the First Aid First crew would prob­a­bly agree with Ms Downes’ sum­ma­tion of the event.

RUN­NERS: The win­ners are (back) Kai Telford, Sa­hara Hes­lop, (front) Jake Pet­ti­grew, Ste­wart Gor­don, Shantelle Short and Paige Giles.

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