NOOSA, KEEPING PACE WITH HALF
Noosa is stepping up the pace ahead of the 2007 Viridian Noosa Half Marathon on Sunday 19 August which incorporates the Viridian Noosa Half Marathon (21km), the Viridian Vertical - Hill Sprint (3.1km), the Sunshine Coast Daily Noosa 10km run and the Beckman's Green 5km run/walk. Organisers of the event, USM Events, have catered for people of all levels and abilities with distances to ensure there is something for everyone.
Tanzanian pair Patrick Nyangelo and Oswald Revelian have confirmed their place in the field. Revelian, a two time Noosa Half champion and Nyangelo a three time winner of the Bridge to Brisbane shape a formidable team, and on current form head into the event as hot favourites.
Australia's favourite running legend Steve Moneghetti will also return after placing second to Tanzanian Dickson Marwa in last years half marathon. Moneghetti will contest the 10km run this year along with hosting a 'See Noosa Moneghetti Style' morning that includes a 5km run and breakfast/seminar.
Over the 17-year history of what is regarded as one of Australia's premier half marathon events the Viridian Noosa Half running festival also boasts one of the fastest and most picturesque courses in Australia. The start and finish are in the Lions Park at Noosa Heads and the completely flat course heads out along the Noosa River to Tewantin.
Corporate Teams categories in the half marathon and 10km continue to grow with many businesses now using it for team building programs and mid year conferences. The Corporate Teams consist of three competitors from the same company whose times are added together then averaged for final placing's.
The stairs at Viridian Noosa which link Hastings Street to Noosa Lookout forms part of the course for the Viridian Vertical for professional and general public participation on Saturday 19 August. Competitors will race along the Noosa Hill Walk (3.1km), $600,000 walkway weaving through the vegetation of Noosa Hill, the Viridian Reserve and the Viridian Noosa residential and resort development.
Headlining the entertainment this year will be popular Asa Broomhall performing his unique brand of rock/roots music in Lions Park from 9am, Sunday 19.
By encouraging your family, friends, workmates and children to participate in this fun family event you will help raise funds for local charity Frangipani Dreams. USM Events are donating entry fee's from the Viridian Vertical to Frangipani Dreams and $5 from every entry in the Beckman's Green 5km run/walk. They also offer Sunshine Coast children half price entry into any of their numerous events.
You will also be encouraging the healthy and active lifestyle fundamental to keeping our kids free of serious illness later in life.
Entries for this year's event are open through the secure on-line entry form available at the official web site, www.usmevents.com.au
or phone USM Events for a printed entry form (07) 5449 0711.
Friday 17 August
6.30am Viridian Vertical Registration Opens at Noosa Heads Lions Park
7.30am Elite Competitors START - Park Road
7.35am General Public Run / Walk START at Viridian Stairs - Morwong Drive
8.30am Breakfast to begin at the Noosa Heads Lions Park
Saturday 18 August
2:00pm Noosa Half, Sunshine Coast Daily 10km and 5km Registration and Late Entries Open
5:00pm Noosa Half, Sunshine Coast Daily 10km and 5km Registration and Late Entries Close
Sunday 19 August
5:00am Shuttle Buses commence - AFL Grounds (Gold Coin donation - Noosa Heads Lions Club)
5:00am Registration & Race Day Entries open (entries close 15min prior to each race)
6:25am START - Wheelies 10km
6:30am START - Viridian Noosa Half Marathon
8:05am START - Sunshine Coast Daily Noosa 10km
8:35am START - Noosa 5km
10:00am Presentations and Random Draws (approx time only)