Mother Nature shines on children’s 2km race
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.