ON THE weekend of July 16-17 the 4th annual Cruise Whitsunday Airlie Beach Running Festival again proved to be a successful event, which gave a lot of joy to not only those people who have never entered an event before but also for those who just love to run in this beautiful location we call home.
This event is an avenue for everyone of all ages to be outside exercising, socialising and having fun.
Even though the weather was maybe a disincentive for some people to register during the last week, the 4th annual event participant numbers again exceeded the previous year with every year a record, from 300 to 637.
The event brought runners and their families from five states and seven countries, despite the challenge of non-seasonal cold, wet and windy conditions for the week pre-event and only clearing on Saturday.
Through this event everyone contributed to the economy with accommodation, food and tours as well as retail therapy and this is just another reason why events are crucial to tourism in general (our prime industry).
I would personally like to thank every person who was involved in the organisation of this event – whether in the lead up to the event or on the day.
Without generous sponsors and willing volunteers there simply wouldn’t be any events in the Whitsundays.
Sincere thanks goes to our sponsors for their continued financial and in-kind support of this event, the list is long, as printed in the Whitsunday Times “thank you” notice last week.
Of course community volunteers are the ones who make events happen so thank you to everyone involved.
Wendy Downes OAM