Run for a Cure is healthy success

THE seventh annual Whitsunday Run for a Cure event, held in Airlie Beach on Sunday was the most successful yet.

With more than 200 entrants and about $4000 raised to fight cancer, organiser Wendy Downes was over the moon with the outcome of the day.

“It was a great morning with support from all sectors of the community, including the largest team – the Sea Eagles – who were the highest fundraisers,” she said.

Wendy said she always values the total community support, not only from those who participate in the event, but also from the local community and the businesses who continue to support through sponsorships.

The funds raised will be used to help increase awareness for the fight against cancer.

Run for a Cure offers three distances to suit all ages and abilities – 2.5km, 5km or 10km.

Sunday's glorious Whitsunday weather conditions also enabled teams, individuals and families alike to get out in the sunshine and make the most of the magnificent morning.

Because this was a fun run aimed at raising money and awareness, there was no pressure for participants to cross the line in record time.

Various members of the Whitsunday Sea Eagles Aussie Rules team used the run (or walk) as a chance to run out the lactic acid from their Saturday game against Mackay City Hawks.

Others took the event more seriously, such as the 10km male and female event winners Steve Jackson from Hamilton Island and new Whitsunday resident Janita Reinheimer.

Janita went for an hour-long run before the event and then decided to enter on the morning of Run for a Cure.

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