Best run trip

White­haven Beach Run set for big field

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RUN­NING: With per­fect train­ing con­di­tions and just over a month to go, local run­ners are count­ing down to the iconic Great White­haven Beach Run on Sun­day, June 18.

The event con­tin­ues to grow and num­bers are al­ready well ahead of sched­ule for a record field.

Race di­rec­tor Steve Jack­son said it would hold spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance.

“We want to use the event and the pub­lic­ity it gen­er­ates to con­tinue to push out the mes­sage that the Whit­sun­days is open for busi­ness, that Hamilton Is­land is op­er­at­ing and still de­liv­er­ing great events, that White­haven Beach re­mains a lo­ca­tion well worth tick­ing off the bucket list for vis­i­tors near and far and our re­gion is as stun­ning as ever,” he said.

The event is part of a busy pe­riod of run­ning events with the Bur­dekin Sugar Rush this week­end, the Mackay Ma­rina Run on June 4 and of course the Air­lie Beach Run­ning Fes­ti­val.

Race dis­tances vary from 5km to half marathon, a ju­nior race as well as the fun and free Ex­plore Hamilton Is­land re­lays. Race day has been specif­i­cally se­lected so that the rac­ing is on at low tide and run on hard sand.

En­try in­cludes free trans­fers for par­tic­i­pants from ei­ther Port of Air­lie or Hamilton Is­land, as well as the spe­cial race packs.

At­tend­ing the event for the first time is Mackay’s four-time Olympian Benita Wil­lis. Holder of the na­tional marathon record and the cross-coun­try world cham­pion in 2006, Wil­lis is ar­guably the re­gion’s most ac­com­plished dis­tance run­ner. She will also con­duct free skills clin­ics and a Q&A ses­sion be­fore the screen­ing of short run­ning film fes­ti­val Trails in Mo­tion, all part of a jam-packed fes­ti­val.

For full de­tails and reg­is­tra­tions, visit hamil­ton­is­land.com.au.

PHOTO: AN­DREA FRANCOLINI

BLUE SKIES: The White­haven Beach Run on Hamilton Is­land is al­ways a pop­u­lar event.

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