NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT: The Spring Classic becomes the CQPhysio Group Capricorn Coast Running Festival this year.
NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT: The Spring Classic becomes the CQPhysio Group Capricorn Coast Running Festival this year. Contributed

Running festival makes big strides

RUNNERS from around the country are getting their joggers ready for the CQPhysio Group Capricorn Coast Running Festival, to be held on October 5.

Launched last week, organisers are thrilled to be bringing a high-quality running event to the Capricorn Coast.

The event has been growing rapidly in the past three years as the Spring Classic, selling out in 2013 and 2014, sees it take a major step forward with Tourism and Events Queensland funding, an extensive marketing campaign, ever-expanding social media presence and placement within the national sporting calendar.

The flat course and glorious Capricorn spring weather make the event a tourist destination.

Taking place over the long weekend in October, the race is perfect for runners travelling from Mackay, Bundaberg, Wide Bay and the coal fields and for their families and entourages looking to take advantage of the event to stay on in the region.

Ben McGuire, from major partner CQPhysio Group, said they were excited to witness a coming of age of the event in 2014 and were proud to have supported HRE from the beginning in their vision for creating a quality destination running festival in Central Queensland.

"The opportunity to support and encourage activity and health promotion is a key reason for our ongoing involvement," he said.

Organiser Jason Paull said they expected to see up to 1500 participants enjoying all of the features of a big city running festival, right here on the Capricorn Coast.

"The event delivers a spectacular course, electronic timing, event merchandise, pace runners, live entertainment, a recovery area and much more - it truly is an experience," Mr Paull said.

Capricorn Enterprise chief executive Mary Carroll said event tourism was a key market for the state of Queensland, so they were delighted to have the Capricorn Coast Running Festival upping the ante and putting sporting tourism into the national spotlight.

"There is no shortage of extremely high-quality sporting events taking place within the region and this gives the region national exposure for our wonderful climate and perfect training conditions for some of the bigger running events around Australia," she said.

"The average visitor to a region spends $140 a day during their stay, which equates to a lot of tourism dollars being ejected into our local economy.

"Everyone wins when these events take place - the accommodation, retail, transport and restaurant sectors will continue to flourish as more event tourism are attracted to the Capricorn region."

For inquiries, including races and registration forms, go to http://www.capcoastrun.com.



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