Olympian all set to race on Whitehaven
RUNNING: After welcoming running royalty in the form of four-time Olympian Steve Moneghetti, the Hamilton Island Endurance Series has added another big name with Olympian and Commonwealth Games representative Eloise Wellings set to compete.
Wellings will contest the Great Whitehaven Beach Run on Saturday, having raced on sport's biggest stage in 5km and 10km events.
A prodigious junior talent, Wellings was originally selected to represent Australia at the Sydney Olympics when she was just 16 but a stress fracture robbed her of a fairytale home event.
Injuries also ruled her out of both the Athens and Beijing Games before the stars finally aligned, allowing her to compete at London in 2012.
Wellings also contested Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Glasgow and New Delhi and has now set her sights on the Rio Olympics.
A back-to-back winner of an elite Zatopek 10,000m event and founding director of the Love Mercy Foundation, Wellings had not decided which distance she will contest at Whitehaven.
On the back of record numbers at last month's Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon and the Airlie Beach Running Festival similarly on track for a bumper year, registrations are also up for Saturday's race.
Events on the day include half marathon, 10.5km and 5km races while there will also be junior events over 500m and 1500m.
The Hamilton Island Wedding Whitehaven Challenge is free to enter for any ticket holder, and will include a sharp 500m course available to open, junior and local staff teams.
Best dressed prizes will be awarded for this race so colour is encouraged.
For more information or to register visit http://www.hamiltonisland.com.au/sports-events/great-whitehaven-beach-run.
All participants from the mainland will receive free ferry transfers to and from the event.