Crickey's Onesie Runsie a great start to marathon weekend
CLIMB in, zip up and run for your life.
That is what a hundred eager entrants did for the inaugural Crickey's Onesie Runsie at Alexandra Headland last night.
The event started a fabulous weekend of action culminating in tomorrow's Sunshine Coast Marathon.
Other races include the half marathon, 10km, 5km and 2km distances allowing people of many fitness levels to join in the festivities.
About 7000 entrants are expected this year, a 15% increase on numbers from 2013 with 19 countries to be represented.
"It's now recognised on the world scene as a marathon of international standards," event director Jason Crowther said.
The event has enjoyed steady growth since its inception in 2012 and now rates as one of the premier sporting events on the Coast.
It injects about $5 million annually and is making up ground on the Noosa and Mooloolaba Triathlons.
The main thing separating the marathon from other events is that it is non-for-profit and raises considerable money for local charities.
The fixture is on track to raise $200,000 this year, bringing its three year contribution to $550,000.
One of the main charities is the Ronald McDonald House.
"I guess that is what makes us different to some other events is that we raise a lot of money for the Coast," Crowther said.
On top of that, all event staff are employed locally with 99 per cent of the contracts going to Coast businesses.
"The idea is for the Sunshine Coast to own this event so that in 20 years' time it is still an event the Coast is behind," Crowther said.