C2C bigger and better in 2011
THE 2011 Friendly Society Private Hospital Cane2Coral Run/Walk was launched this week.
And five months out from the event on Sunday, August 7, the organising committee is targeting 4000 competitors – double the number that lined up for last year's inaugural event.
A 15km race will start at Riverside Parklands in Quay St at 8.30am, with the 8km event to start at Kalkie State School on Bargara Rd at 9.30am, and both races finishing at Nielson Park, Bargara.
The Friendlies Hospital has renewed its naming rights sponsorship and its chief executive Alan Cooper said it was delighted to again be part of an event, which encourages the community to be active and healthy.
With increased prize-money to a total of $9000 and the men's and women's winners of the 15km race to receive $2500 each, organising committee president Neil Rowland believes that it will attract more professional runners.
“This will be the biggest prize purse in regional Queensland,” Rowland said.
“In addition, local fun runners and walkers of all levels of ability and fitness are encouraged to start training and join with friends and work colleagues to form teams and be part of the fun.”
Last year, former New Zealand Olympian Dale Warrander recorded a scorching victory in a swift 45min 47sec.
Rowland said prizes for costumes and fancy dress would help add fun to the day, and is hoping that the prize for the largest team will also be keenly contested, after the team of another of the sponsors, Bundaberg Sugar, won the award in 2010.
Cross country state champion Dimity Norbury, who was the overall women's winner of the 8km event last year, has agreed to become an ambassador to encourage the participation of school teams.
The committee's charity target is $60,000, with the main beneficiaries to again be the Cancer Council Queensland and Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club.
Entry fees are $30 for adults, $20 for children under-19, or $20 per person for teams of four. All participants will receive a free race T-shirt, while on the Saturday there will be a budget-priced pasta night at Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club from 6pm.
Event information and entry forms are available at www.cane2coral.com.au.
A race office will again be set up closer to the event.