Competitor Helen Martin gets the hurry-up from Cane2Coral Fun Run president Neil Rowland.
Competitor Helen Martin gets the hurry-up from Cane2Coral Fun Run president Neil Rowland. Max Fleet

1100-plus entries for Cane2Coral

ORGANISERS have been run off their feet keeping up with 11th-hour registrations as race day approaches for the inaugural Cane2Coral Fun Run.

An unprecedented influx of entries this week has boosted the total number to 1100 and organisers expect the tally to rise significantly as the race approaches.

Race director Kerry Short said volunteers were a little bleary eyed and frazzled after a frantic week at Cane2Coral headquarters.

“The phones been ringing off the hook, e-mails have been pouring in and there's been a steady stream of entrants through the doors,” he said.

“We've been busy, to be honest we've been flat out like a lizard drinking but when people are signing up and putting their support behind the event we don't mind a bit.”

Short expects the final number to fall well short of renowned fun runs such as Bridge to Brisbane and City2Surf, but said the current pool of entries is exceptional for an inaugural event and will encourage organisers to swing back into action next year.

“For a first-time event the response has been absolutely overwhelming,” he said.

“With this level of support there's no reason it can not grow to become a major attraction on the national fun run circuit.”

Short said the challenge was now on for those in Bundaberg who have not signed up to join the Cane2Coral revolution and throw their support behind the cause in the sake of fitness and charity.

“There's no limit to this,” he said. “I'd like to see a few more hundred on the books before the week is out.”

Sunday's event will feature 8km and 15km courses finishing at Nielsen Park Beach in Bargara.

The 15km runners should meet at the Quay Street car park opposite the Burnett River for an 8.30am start.

Runners in the 8km run should meet at Kalkie State School for a 9.30am start.


Training Program – Final Week

There’s only four more sleeps until race day and it’s time to conserve some energy.

During the next four days do not attempt any energy sapping workouts. One or two easy runs of 20 – 30 minutes will keep your body in trim for the race on Sunday morning.

Try to top up your energy stores with plenty of carbohydrates and keep your body hydrated.

Sleep well. Going to bed before your body is ready to go sleep can result in you not sleeping well at all.

On race day make sure you’re out of bed early to enable your body to wake up properly – three or four hours before race time.

Have a light meal of easily digested food at least two hours before race time.

When the gun goes, resist the temptation to go hard. Pace yourself so you will be able to finish strongly instead of struggling to the finish line. Take a small drink of water at each of the drink stations. Don’t wait until you are thirsty. Good luck.

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