Festival is bonding for mother and son
BONDING as a family was all part of the experience for Julie Cauchi and son Tim, as they took on the Cruise Whitsundays Airlie Beach Running Festival last year.
Julie was unable to register for this year's event on Sunday due to work commitments but she would urge anyone wanting to get fit, have fun and spend quality time with family members to consider it.
Last year, Julie, 44 and Tim, 12, took part in the 5km run together as a way for Julie to gain back her fitness following the birth of her baby.
It was also a way of getting Tim, who loves words and books and reached the top 20 in Channel 10's Great Australian Spelling Bee program last year, "out of his comfort zone".
Julie's sister-in-law and her daughter, visiting from the UK, also entered the 10km run, so it was a real family affair.
"I had done the half-marathon in 2014 after my baby was born in 2013 and then last year, "It was something I wanted to do with Tim, who is very academic and excels in that area, but is not as strong in sport," Julie, who lives in Woodwark, said.
"It was a fun thing to do together and we would go on regular little jogs around the block to train.
I also attended Airlie Fitness Gym post-baby to get back to fitness.
"Tim had a really good time on the day and was very proud of himself.
"For him to get involved and see what it's like to work towards something and finish it, in a sporting sense, was really great - it was something out of his comfort zone and I was very proud of him."
Julie will be working at Airlie Day Spa on the Airlie Beach Running Festival weekend and sois unable to compete this year but she said it was a fantastic boost for the town's businesses.
"Any runners who need a pre or post-run massage, please do pop in!" she laughed.
This year's Cruise Whitsundays Airlie Beach Running Festival takes place on Sunday, July 17 with a half-marathon, a 10km run and a 5km Balance Podiatry Fun Run, which can be run as an individual or as a team of up to 10 people.
A Primary Schools Challenge is also part of the festival and takes place on Saturday, July 16.
For registrations, course map and general information visit www.runairlie.com.au.
Registrations close at midnight Saturday, July 16 and midnight Friday July 15 for the Primary Schools Challenge.