Fes­ti­val for the com­mu­nity

Run­ning Fes­ti­val fea­tures some­thing for every­one

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

RUN­NING: One of the big­gest sport­ing events in the Whit­sun­days is about to hit Air­lie Beach.

The Cruise Whit­sun­days Air­lie Beach Run­ning Fes­ti­val is back big­ger and bet­ter this week­end with a cou­ple of new ad­di­tions.

One of the most an­tic­i­pated events this year will be the free Tur­tle Club 1km Fam­ily Fun Walk.

“Any­one in the com­mu­nity who is not a run­ner or in­ter­ested in the event typ­i­cally can still come and take part this year,” race di­rec­tor Tim Oberg said.

“It’s free and it’s just a nice 1km walk around the Port of Air­lie precinct.

“Bring your dog, push a pram with your kids, every­one can do it from young to old.”

Oberg said that be­ing the first big event since Cy­clone Debbie, the Run­ning Fes­ti­val and specif­i­cally the fun walk, was a chance for the com­mu­nity to turn out in force and come to­gether.

“We want as many peo­ple in the com­mu­nity to feel like this event is for them,” he said. “It’s not just for ath­letes or those in­ter­ested in run­ning. We want peo­ple to feel like this is their event. A com­mu­nity event.”

Reg­is­tra­tions close on­line at 9pm on Fri­day but there will be a chance for late en­tries from 12-6pm on Satur­day at the Port of Air­lie precinct.

Visit runair­lie.com.au to see the full list of events.

PHOTO: PETER CAR­RUTHERS

FUN FES­TI­VAL: Nick Hor­tle with mem­bers of the Cruise Whit­sun­days team chal­lenge Emily Liu, Riana Young, An­drea Scharnech, Lau­ren Scar­cella, Merri Kirkham, Alya Palmer and Stephen Fitz­patrick.

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