Marathon to crown cham­pion

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RUN­NING: Not only is it set to be one of the big­gest Air­lie Beach Run­ning Fes­ti­vals ever, the event is set to wel­come its very first marathon.

It gets even bet­ter, as the Heart of the Reef Marathon will also be the North Queens­land Marathon Cham­pi­onship.

Race di­rec­tor Tim Oberg said he was ex­pect­ing all types of ath­letes for the new event.

“The win­ner will not just be the win­ner of the fes­ti­val, they will be the North Queens­land cham­pion for the next 12 months,” he said.

Oberg said they were hop­ing the event would ap­peal to se­ri­ous com­peti­tors as well as first-time run­ners.

“We’re hop­ing to have the lo­cal com­peti­tors in­ter­ested in hav­ing a go,” he said.

“But also be­cause now it’s an­other ti­tle, we ex­pect some of the bet­ter run­ners from Townsville and Mackay will try and take the ti­tle from lo­cals.”

Whit­sun­day Run­ning Club mem­ber Kirsty Ferguson will be run­ning her first marathon.

“As a lo­cal to the Whit­sun­days, I couldn’t re­sist sign­ing up for my first marathon right here in Air­lie Beach. I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to run­ning on my home turf and hav­ing my fam­ily and friend’s sup­port through­out the 42.2km jour­ney,” she said.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit runair­lie.com.au.

PACED: Run­ners will get their first marathon at Air­lie Beach Run­ning Fes­ti­val this year.

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