A record 368 people registered to be a part of the 2016 Alice Springs Running Festival; a massive 50 more than last year. The inclusion of the new 5km event proved to be a big drawcard with the highest number of registrations in this event. In a Festival first, Ambassador Steve Moneghetti placed third in the 10km Run (though he was battling a calf injury!) with his son Matthew taking out the 5km U/18 event.
The Festival simply would not have been made possible without the work of some 70 volunteers who gave their time and energy to ensure it's success, so THANK YOU! Volunteers were everywhere - on the water stops, course marshalling, sports medicine, at the start/finish and working behind the scenes in the lead up to the event.
The date for 2017 is set - see you all on Sunday 20 August!
Locals dominate the Festival
Chris Hunter has defended his title, taking out the 2016 Alice Springs Marathon in a time of 2:51:48 - 15 minutes ahead of the second place runner. Fiona Coyle was the first female across the line in the Marathon, and third overall in a time of 3:18:11. The Half Marathon was won by Yulara resident Philip Russell in 1:23:41 and the first place female was Alice Springs local Emma Kraft who comfortably cracked the 90 minute mark in 1:28:08. Hunter wasn't the only runner to place first in an event for two years in a row, with local runner Brad White winning the 10km Run in a time of 35:55, just 31 seconds ahead of second place. Anatola Taylor was first female in the 10km Run in 46:36. In the 10km Walk it was Debbie Page in 59:36 with Ben Taylor first male in 1:20:12.
The 5km events were introduced for the first time this year and were the biggest field, with 125 registered. Marinel Walfridsson and Anthea Henderson were our 5km Open champions; in the 5km U/18 it was Steve Moneghetti's son Matthew who took out the title, with local Jordyn Kindness the first female across.