The Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val picks up pace

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

THE Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val will get off to a run­ning start this year with the ad­di­tion of a brand new event.

Fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful pitch from the Whit­sun­day Run­ning Fes­ti­val and the Triathlon Club, the Reef Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee gave the green light for a Whit­sun­day Magic Mileevent to take place.

Whit­sun­day Run­ning Club mem­ber Tim Oberg said the Reef Fes­ti­val was an op­por­tune mo­ment to push the con­cept.

“One of the big­gest costs for some­thing like this is around clos­ing streets and traf­fic man­age­ment so here was an op­por­tu­nity to piggy back off (the Reef Fes­ti­val) and bring a fresh, fun el­e­ment to what is al­ready a great day,” he said.

The Whit­sun­day Magic Mile will con­sist of four stages in­clud­ing a kid’s race, a team re­lay, an open men’s race and an open women’s race.

Mr Oberg said the event was still in the plan­ning stages and po­ten­tial spon­sors would be wel­comed.

Reef Fes­ti­val chair­per­son Margie Mur­phy said she wanted to see the idea flour­ish.

“We are look­ing for peo­ple to get in­volved and you don’t have to be an ath­lete; it’s all about putting an ex­tra el­e­ment into the fes­ti­val,” she said.

“We are hop­ing it grows into an iconic sub-event for not just fes­ti­val­go­ers but run­ning en­thu­si­asts.”

Any­one in­ter­ested in spon­sor­ing the Whit­sun­day Magic Mile can con­tact Tim Oberg on 0426 214 180.

RUN­NING START: The Whit­sun­day Run­ning Club pushed for a Whit­sun­day Magic Mile event for this year's Reef Fes­ti­val.

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