22nd June 2016
This Sunday, four-time Olympian and marathon legend Steve Moneghetti will return to the Whitsundays for the Great Whitehaven Beach Run, the latest instalment of the Hamilton Island Endurance Series. As part of his participation of the event, he'll also be hosting a free running technique session and an informal Q&A session.
Although currently dividing his time between his role as chef de mission for the 2018 Australian Commonwealth Games team, Moneghetti also devotes time to supporting runners and running events around Australia. He will arrive on Hamilton Island on Saturday to conduct a free running technique session and participate in park run. He'll also share his knowledge, stories and trademark humour with guests and locals while there.
On the eve of race day, participants of Beach Run as well as the general public are invited to attend 'Meal with Mona' from 5pm at Manta Ray Café for a free and informal Q&A session which Race Director Steve Jackson believes is set to be one of the weekend's main highlights. This also coincides with Hamilton Island's activities program for the holidays, which also offers Moonlight Movies, Star Gazing talks, Yoga for Runners, Kids Fun Zones and more all of which are complimentary for those attending the event.
As its name suggests, the Great Whitehaven Beach Run is held on the pristine sands of Whitehaven Beach where competitors are able to tackle a variety of run distances including 5km all the way up to a half marathon. Entry to the event also includes a charter boat from either Airlie Beach or Hamilton Island to Whitehaven. The event has grown each year and this year event organisers expect to attract more than 200 runners to compete. The run is certainly one of the most scenic in Australia.