Mother Nature blesses Running Fest opening race
MOTHER Nature answered the prayers of the junior Airlie Beach Running Festival participants this afternoon.
She held off the precipitation despite the 80% chance of rain forecast by the weather bureau.
After a little confusion at the beginning of the kids 2km race the children set off on the course that departed Broadwater Avenue.
The kids ran through the Airlie Beach lagoon and along the foreshore to the Whitsunday Sailing Club where they turned around and headed back to their starting point.
Shantelle Short was the first over the line.
Event director Wendy Downes OAM said the kids' race went "very well".
"There was 155 (runners) which is almost the same as last year," she said.
"A lot of parents were concerned about the weather. I am surprised we got that many, there were a lot of late entries on the day because of the weather previously."
"If it stays like this tomorrow it's going to be an amazing day tomorrow too."
Tomorrow will see the 5km, 10km, half marathon and the team challenge take place from 7am.
Festival ambassador Jodie Oborne will be running in the 10km event and Will Palch from the Yes Will Can world tour will take to the Airlie Beach course tomorrow.