Running to make flights
WHITSUNDAY resident Brad Sobott completed his 'Airport to Airlie Awareathon' on Sunday morning.
Mr Sobott's 42km run from the Whitsunday Coast Airport to the Airlie foreshore came after months of campaigning to raise a $42,000 marketing incentive for major airlines to offer direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne to the Whitsunday Coast Airport.
He finished the run in three hours and 39 minutes, and upon finishing, he was quick to thank everyone who had helped him.
"I just want to say thanks to everybody who helped me in the lead-up to today's event.
"My sponsors, employers and especially my family have all been there for me right from the beginning," Mr Sobott said.
"I had some good assistance today which kept me going at a good pace.
"During the last 10kms I was starting to feel a bit fatigued in the legs, but there was such a great turnout of people to cheer me on, and it really lifted my spirits and made the finish a hell of a lot easier," he said.
Mayor Jennifer Whitney was one of the supporters waiting at the finish line and praised Mr Sobott's efforts both on and off the track.
"It's absolutely remarkable what Brad has done, all to raise money for funds to promote our airport. While still catching his breath from Sunday's accomplishment Mr Sobott stressed there was still a long way to go achieve his ultimate goal.
"Today was really only another small step in trying to get these flights. There is still a lot of work to do, but if today helps the cause even a little bit then it was worth every kilometre," he said.