Load­ing up for Air­lie Fest

Club Croc pasta party set to wel­come in Run­ning Fes­ti­val week­end

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL - Dane Lilling­stone dane.lilling­stone@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

YOU don’t have to be an ath­lete to en­joy the Air­lie Beach Run­ning Fes­ti­val.

A pasta party will be held at the Mantra Club Croc re­sort in Can­non­vale the night be­fore the run­ning events take place as a way to kick-start the fes­ti­val.

An event not just for run­ners, or­gan­is­ers are en­cour­ag­ing any­one in the Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity, as well as any vis­i­tors, to get on down to Club Croc and en­joy a cheap meal with some friendly faces.

But there’s still a se­ri­ous side to the night.

“It’s quite com­mon at large run­ning events that run­ners get to­gether the night be­fore and have a car­bo­hy­drate meal. It’s part of a lot of peo­ple’s run­ning rou­tine,” race di­rec­tor Tim Oberg said.

“Peo­ple also like to do it for a so­cial thing.

“Mantra Club Croc are a new spon­sor this year and we thought what a great way to get every­one to­gether at the re­sort.”

With num­bers for the fes­ti­val al­ready look­ing like sur­pass­ing last year’s event, it’s sure to be an event not to be missed and Mr Oberg said he wanted every­one to know what a great place Club Croc was.

“We’re try­ing to shine a light on Club Croc (in do­ing it) as well,” he said.

“We’d like to get every­one down there at Club Croc the night be­fore ev­ery­thing be­gins to have a meal. It’s go­ing to be pretty low key and at a good price.

“We’re hop­ing a lot of peo­ple come along. It’s a great way to meet peo­ple in Whit­sun­days. It’s not just run­ners, fam­ily and friends, any­one can come.”

It won’t be the only chance to so­cialise at the event with a pool party planned to wrap up the fes­tiv­i­ties at Club Croc from 12-4pm on Sun­day.

“It will be a chance for peo­ple to ease those weary mus­cles at Club Croc with some lunch and a swim,” he said.

“We’re try­ing to make the whole week­end as fam­ily friendly as pos­si­ble.”

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