BIG EFFORT: Schoolkids (pictured last year) around the region will again take part again.
BIG EFFORT: Schoolkids (pictured last year) around the region will again take part again.

Set your children a challenge these school holidays

RUNNING: With school holidays near the halfway mark, it's likely some kids are already restless so why not set them a challenge these holidays and enter them for the second annual Primary School Challenge.

The event was such a success last year that the second instalment will be on Saturday, July 16, in Airlie Beach.

The Primary School Challenge is a 2km fun run for primary school-aged children and forms part of the annual Airlie Beach Running Festival.

The inaugural Primary School Challenge last year attracted almost 200 children.

Event organiser Wendy Downes said it would take a whole school effort to claim the trophy.

"With just over two weeks left to go, it's time to lace up those shoes and get running if you want to beat the other schools in the area," she said.

"It's simple - the school with the most entrants wins the trophy. So tell your friends - tell your whole class - and enter now for what promises to be a spectacular event."

Last year, the overall winning school was Cannonvale State School and they are determined to hang onto their crown.

Cannonvale State School PE teacher Annette Munckton said their victory last year was still inspiring students.

"I have the Schools Challenge trophy from last year sitting in my office at school and it inspires the children to go out there and retain the title this year," she said.

So far this year, Cannonvale State School is again in the lead, with Whitsunday Christian College, St Catherine's Catholic College and Proserpine State School just behind them so far in the event.

With less than a month to go, it's time to lace up those shoes and get running with your schoolmates to try to beat the other schools in the area.

Now in its fourth year, the Airlie Beach Running Festival draws runners from all over Australia with more than 600 people taking to the streets and beaches last year.

To register your school's interest for the 2016 Primary School Challenge on July 16 email info@runairlie.com.au or go straight to http://www.runairlie.com.au and register your child.

The Running Festival is on July 16-17 and any interested runners are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible as spots are filling up fast.

The weekend includes the Cruise Whitsundays Half Marathon, 10km Challenge, Balance Podiatry 5km , and 5km Business Team Challenge.


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