CHALLENGE IS ON: The Cruise Whitsundays Airlie Beach Running Festival has set a challenge for the community. Photo by Tropix Photography.
CHALLENGE IS ON: The Cruise Whitsundays Airlie Beach Running Festival has set a challenge for the community. Photo by Tropix Photography.

Running scared or running strong?

CRUISE Whitsundays Airlie Beach Running Festival has put a challenge out to the community.

Targeted at businesses, clubs and sporting groups, the six-week challenge is to get fit and have fun in preparation for the festival.

The event is offering boot camps between now and the July 18-19 event. The weekly sessions cost a gold coin donation and will take place every Thursday from today to July 16 at the Airlie Beach foreshore at 5.15pm.

"You can be fit for any distance in six weeks," event manager Wendy Downes said.

"No matter what event you choose to enter, six weeks is a good lead-in for your training. And you will be training with other like-minded people who are also entered in the festival.

"We are very excited as we already have 240 registered entrants and we are well on our way to smashing our record of 400 participants."

This year there are two team events - the half-marathon allows three people to form a relay team, running 7km each, while the 5km Team Challenge sees groups of three to 10 people running together.

"So grab your work colleagues, teammates, neighbours, friends and family members and put a team in for some fun," Ms Downes said.

"You can walk or run the 5km and only the first three team members count, so the rest of you can just have fun and let the more serious runners run ahead. Team jerseys and corporate colours are welcome."

For individuals, the running festival includes a half-marathon (part of the Athletics North Queensland Half Marathon Series), the Port of Airlie 10km and the Balance Podiatry 5km Fun Run - all held on Sunday, July 19.

On Saturday, July 18, the new Sea Star 2km Kids' Fun Run for primary school children will take place, with more than 50 entrants already signed up.

To register for the six-week challenge, phone Mark on 0414 894 897.

For festival information or to register, visit http://www.whitsundayrunningclub.com.au.


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