Thursday, August 24, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
The Mackay Marina Run calendar of events was officially launched last Friday before hundreds of social runners gathered for the Mackay Airport Twilight City Run across the Forgan Bridge.
Mackay Regional Council Mayor officially opened affairs earlier that day, thanking sponsors for their support.
“15 years has put this particular run on the map for Australia,” he said.
“This is an iconic event.
“The half marathon is the second biggest half marathon in Queensland.”
Event Founder Sandy Strong said the event has grown from 60 runners in its first iteration to a record participation of 3,300, with approximately 80% of runners being local.
“Every year we hope to break the record so we’re hopeful again,” he said.
“When I first started running, there was hardly anyone in the streets running and now, running is such a popular sport.
“I don’t know whether Mackay is moving in line with the trend or we’re ahead of the trend but there’s lots of people running in Mackay.”
WHAT: Mackay Marina Run
WHERE: Mackay Harbour
WHEN: Sunday, June 4
Mackay Marina Run thanked sponsors BMA, North Queensland Bulk Ports, Daly Bay, Isuzu, MM Electrical, City Fitness and more
Photo credit: Sam Gillespie