Get run­ning with­out work­ing up a sweat

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RUN­NING: Ever wanted to be part of a run­ning event with­out hav­ing to work up a sweat?

Well the Airlie Beach Fes­ti­val of Run­ning is now giv­ing you that chance.

Ev­ery year the not-for­profit event calls on vol­un­teers to staff drink sta­tions, to work as mar­shals and staff the start­ing area at the la­goon carpark.

Oper­a­tions man­ager of the Airlie Beach Run­ning Fes­ti­val Mark McCon­key said it was crit­i­cal to the suc­cess­ful run­ning of the event and, as a bonus, all vol­un­teers re­ceive a com­ple­men­tary food and drink voucher with event spon­sor, The Cof­fee Club, Airlie Beach.

So what spe­cial skills will the Airlie Beach Run­ning Fes­ti­val be look­ing for when re­cruit­ing vol­un­teers this year?

McCon­key said all vol­un­teers needed was a cheer­ful dis­po­si­tion, plenty of en­thu­si­asm and a good high-five tech­nique.

“How­ever, pri­or­ity will be given to those with an am­bidex­trous high-fiv­ing abil­ity,” he said with a smile.

Re­turn­ing for the fifth year in a row as ma­jor event spon­sor, Cruise Whit­sun­days has also com­mit­ted 10 staff mem­bers as vol­un­teers on Sun­day, July 16. The own­ers are call­ing on other busi­nesses and com­mu­nity groups to fol­low their lead.

McCon­key said the Whit­sun­day run­ning com­mu­nity had de­vel­oped a cul­ture of vol­un­teer­ing through the Airlie Beach parkrun, where sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple had do­nated their time since the run’s in­cep­tion 18 months ago.

While vol­un­teer­ing is per­son­ally re­ward­ing, it is also a great way to meet new peo­ple and get in­volved in a true com­mu­nity event.

To reg­is­ter your in­ter­est as a vol­un­teer email info@runair­lie.com.au.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

JU­NIOR BELTS: (Back, from left) Fey­wer White, Emma Du Preez, Ethan Robinson, Marivic Gaskin, Caleb Robinson, Riley Pet­ter­son, Ella Cram, Brit­tney Cram with (front) Made­lyn Bourke, Gre­gory Wil­loughby, Sam Fogg, TJ Pet­ter­son and Izak Wil­loughby at taek­wondo grad­ings.

PHOTO: JOHN HIGHAM

GET IN­VOLVED: Vol­un­teers staff a water sta­tion dur­ing last year's Run­ning Fes­ti­val.

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