The offical Cane To Coral Starter Jim Stephensen getting into practice for the big big day with Kerry Short and Anita Palm.
The offical Cane To Coral Starter Jim Stephensen getting into practice for the big big day with Kerry Short and Anita Palm. Scottie Simmonds

2300 ready for Cane to Coral

ENTRIES into the inaugural Cane2Coral Fun Run have already doubled organisers expectations with 24 hours left to go until the starting gun fires.

An influx of in-person and online entries this week has boosted the tally to more than 2000 and race director Kerry Short is expecting a flurry of up to 300 last-minute entrants as the clock ticks down.

“It has gone absolutely gang busters this week,” he said.

“We expected a steady trickle, but this has been more like a torrent – entries have been absolutely pouring in.”

Online entries closed at midnight last night, but entrants can still stroll down to Cane2Coral headquarters on Quay Street to assure themselves a spot on the starting line.

Runners can register tomorrow morning ahead of the race, but Short warned a long line of last-minute entrants was expected to queue from the office's front doors.

“I don't want to see anyone

disappointed when the race gets under way,” he said.

“We're encouraging people to beat the early morning rush and avoid the queue.”

Short said an overwhelming response from the community had lifted the spirits of organisers and encouraged them to consider making Cane2Coral an annual event.

“People have quite categorically stated that this is something they want and we couldn't be more thrilled,” Short said.

Proceeds from Cane2Coral will be divided between the Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club and Cancer Council Queensland.

The event will feature 8km and 15km courses finishing at Nielson 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.



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