First man across the line in the 2010 Cane2Coral Dale Warrander from the Gold Coast, finished in an impressive 45.47 min.
First man across the line in the 2010 Cane2Coral Dale Warrander from the Gold Coast, finished in an impressive 45.47 min. Scottie Simmonds

Cane2Coral attracts 4000

AN overwhelming response to the Cane2Coral has made the inaugural event a calendar fixture.

Cane2Coral committee chairman Neil Rowland said he was the happiest man in the world yesterday after his dream came to fruition.

Mr Rowland implemented the fun run after his family had been touched by cancer.

It is still unknown how much was raised but funding will be split between the Cancer Council and Bundaberg Surf Life Saving.

Organisers were only expecting 2000 people for the event, but there were around 2300 entries and 400 people.

While an ambulance was called after a male in his mid-30s collapsed, the male was fully alert and conscious and was only transported to Bundaberg Base Hospital as a precaution.

Mr Rowland said organisers were hoping for cooler weather.

“We nearly ran out of water because it was hot,” he said.

“We had to send someone to pick up another 1000 water bottles.”

Mr Rowland said the group over prepared for the event.

“But it worked out good,” he said.

“Everyone who competed said they would be back for next year.

Cane2Coral committee event director Anita Palm said the event exceeded everyone’s expectations.

“The weather pulled out even more people,” she said.

She said organisers could see plenty room for improvement.

“It’s going to be bigger and better next year that’s for sure,” she said.

The group said they received plenty of praise for its first fun run.

“We think it’s pretty special,” Ms Palm said.

“It’s made us proud.”

People who entered the fun run were kept motivated through the event with signs including ‘your hair still looks good’.

“It kept everyone’s spirits at a high,” Mr Rowland said.

Organisers have already set the date for next year’s July 31 event.



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