STAR POWER: Olympian Eloise Wellings pushes daugher India in the Mother’s Day Classic. Photo: Contributed
STAR POWER: Olympian Eloise Wellings pushes daugher India in the Mother’s Day Classic. Photo: Contributed

Hamo shows the love for mum with classic

HAMILTON Island guests and residents alike broke from tradition on Sunday, choosing breakfast after a walk rather than breakfast in bed on Mother's Day, supporting a great cause.

More than $2600 was raised for the National Breast Cancer Foundation through the entries for the annual Mother's Day Classic, held in more than 100 locations throughout Australia.

Nationally, more than $2 million is raised and, since it's inception in 1998, more than $27 million dollars has gone directly to funding breast cancer research.

More than 110 participants got into the spirit, donning their best pink outfits and chose to walk, run or pram push their way around the

picturesque course down to Catseye Beach.

Pink milkshakes and medals awaited the participants before a healthy breakfast refuelled the weary and saved many a child and dad from their annual attempts at cooking mum's breakfast.

With options of 4km and 7km, there was something for the runners and something for the walkers, for the young and the young at heart.

But with no clock or prizes, it really was all about supporting a great cause and acknowledging the wonderful role models in our midst - mums.

The event was part of Hamilton Island's new initiative, the Active Women's Weekend, which incorporated a number of free, fun and educational sessions including running technique classes, yoga, strength training clinics and paddle-boarding.

Headlining the event was access to Olympians Libby Trickett and Rio-bound Eloise Wellings.

Participants were given an insight to the knowledge, skills, mentality and experiences of both as elite athletes, but also now as mothers.

Trickett has an eight-month-old daughter, Poppy, while Wellings has three-year-old daughter, India, to care for amongst her training, racing and travel schedule as she prepares for the 5000 and 10,000m track events in Rio come August.

The next sporting event for the Hamilton Island Endurance Series is the increasingly popular Great Whitehaven Beach Run on Sunday, June 26.

Olympic legend Steve Moneghetti is returning to the Whitsundays to participate.

With a variety of distances, a junior race and three 500m relays, a stunning setting and the hard sand running to assist fast times; this is an event for the whole family.


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