Lisa Fraser from Charters Towers posted a tidy time in the half marathon placing 4th female. “For me, the Marina Half is my favourite half marathon. I love the loop around the river and connecting with like-minded runners. It is a very well run event and worth driving the 5hrs to be a part of. I look forward to 2018.”
“What a perfect start to a Sunday. The event was well organised and run smoothly, from the ease of picking up the race packs, to the races running on time, plus the fruit and water was a welcomed sight at the finish line. I will most definitely be back next year to cross off the half marathon from my bucket list.”
Elliarna Mitchell smoked the field to win the 5km fun run. “I really enjoy travelling to Mackay each year for the Mackay Marina Run. It's always such a fun day with heaps of atmosphere and plenty of running buddies to catch up with. The scenery along the course is fantastic and running through the cheering crowd always gives me a lift.”
Peter Run from Brisbane, first in the half marathon. “I didn't know what to expect when I entered the Mackay Marina Half Marathon, but everything turned out great. The event had an arrangement with the Ibis Hotel where my race pack delivery and a van ride to the start line were part of the accommodation deal. That was just fantastic. The race itself was well organised. The volunteers are friendly and helpful.”
“I ran my first Marina Run five years ago and love it that much that I have run every year since. It’s a well-organised event with a great atmosphere and views to match. I highly recommend this event to anyone from the novice beginner to the elite athlete, this event caters for all.”
Matt Stevens from major sponsor BMA describes his experience. “I hadn’t run a half marathon for years but I heard about the Mackay Marina Run from working with BMA. The event was advertised internally and BMA really encouraged workers to sign up and support the occasion. The event had an awesome atmosphere and it was particularly pleasing to see all the BMA shirts out on course. The circuit was great, but the highlight was definitely to finish the run at the marina with all the friends and families cheering you home. A great event that was very well supported by BMA and the community!”
Louis McAfee from Brisbane smashed the 8 km record. “I really enjoyed the hospitality at the Mackay Marina Run. The close local community added a relief to an otherwise tough race. Seeing where Australia's best female distance runner, Benita Willis, grew up was the highlight of the day. The race itself was a great course. To end on such a beautiful harbour made the pain worth it. However, it is the community atmosphere that will make me return in years to come.”
Local runner Paul McKenzie aims to be one of the few ten-year competitors in 2018. He talks about what the annual event means to him. “The Mackay Marina Run is one of the best running events to accomplish every year. I’ve competed in all the Mackay Marina Run so far. I have this event every year as one of my goals to achieve, beating my personal best time each time. I enjoy the run so much. The event is well organised and it grows each year. The half marathon is a wonderful flat course, running through the magnificent Goose Ponds and over both the Ron Cam and Forgan bridges, and across the mighty Pioneer River. The run continues on the Bluewater Trail, hugging the river through the Bluewater Quay and down to the historic boat ramp. The start and finish of the run is at the beautiful Mackay Marina Village making it a festival to remember. Having the half marathon run early in the morning makes this scenic route breathtaking and the run itself is a very comfortable one. The shorter runs and corporate runs utilise the breakwater wall, keeping this event close with all other runners and supporters. I definitely recommend it to anyone wanting a new challenge or to participate in a great event, whether to do a personal best or simply just wanting a nice run with friendly people, then this event is for you.”
Alice Gordon and Katie Murphy
Sisters Alice and Katie talk about what a wonderful experience the half marathon was. “The 2017 Mackay Marina run is one of the most memorable experiences we will probably ever participate in. For all of those who aren't elite runners; for all of those who don't feel they have the fitness to do it; and for all those who just love to casually run – well here's our story, which we hope will inspire you to enter the 2018 Mackay Marina Run.
We both run casually 2-3 times a week fitting in an 8km run (at the most) where we can. One crazy afternoon we thought, ‘Let's enter the 8km marina run.’ No more than a week later, we had an even crazier thought and discussed entering the 21km. We aimed for 2 hours 30 minutes given our minimal training history and for us we were just super excited to participate in an event that is considered a signature running event in Mackay.
“It's difficult to describe the feelings when you enter an event a bit under prepared, but alongside your sister, you feel that together you have the strength to get through it. So together at the end of the pack we started.
We can honestly say from the very beginning the atmosphere was exciting, the event volunteers were helpful, and the run was absolutely beautiful. Along the way we chatted to other runners, learnt about their experiences and goals, and thought to ourselves: can you believe we are doing this!
Well we finished – in 2 hours and 14 minutes. The feeling was unforgettable, almost overwhelming. Here's hoping our story may inspire many of you to trust yourself and believe in your dreams. We hope to see you at the 2018 Mackay Marina run”.