Caloundra Foreshore Fun Run 2012
This year I took part of the Caloundra Foreshore Fun Run, with a bunch of great people.
For this race there were 3 different fields in which you could participate. There was the 10km run (which I did), the 3km run, and 3km family walk. Each distance was along the beautiful Sunshine Coast in the not too early morning sun.
The day was perfect, the breeze was refreshing and the atmosphere was alive and encouraging. We ran past picturesque cafes, ocean views, ANZAC memorabilia and through lush park land. There was plenty of toilets, the occasional water fountain and water stations at the 3km, 6km and 8.5km marks. The volunteers who manned the course were all friendly and had an encouraging word for those who ran by. They smiled and guided us well, though the signage (course markers) for the event were adequate and easy to read.
The only thing I could see as a bad mark for this run was the water at the water stops. It tasted heavily chlorinated and was almost too unpleasant to drink. I was glad to see the water fountains along the way as I was then able to fill up with more pleasant water. I would have liked to see some form of salt, or electrolyte towards the end of the course, even if it was just at the first aid tent. Something so simple as salt would have been a good addition especially for those who lost a lot through their sweat. ( I talked to few who expressed the same concern). Though there was a good selection of fruit available, all fresh and tasty, at the end, with a few food stalls set up also. I took in my missing salt via a bacon & egg burger.
After the run the atmosphere was still alive and encouraging as there was various different stalls advertising, and selling runner appropriate gear (Saucony’s for $50 a pair!), delicious food and a bus ride back to the beginning so we could collect our car.
For me the run brought back memories of when I had visited certain spots along the coast line, with family. Where we had built giant sandcastles, swam in the beach side pool, watched the kids play under the water fountains and explored the rock pools.
It was those memories, and the beautiful scenery which kept me going, or in some cases, slowing down.
I think I shall do it again next year, with the hope of bettering my time (1:26:26) and see what they have done to make it even better.
Photo by Dreamcoat Photography