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Continuing to develop from an idea in 2010!
 

 

2017 marks the 8th year for the Friendly Society Private Hospital Cane2Coral Event.  It is now a feature on the Wide Bay regions calendar – taking place on the first weekend in August – this year on the 6th August. 

 

The event has grown from an idea in 2010, proposed by a couple of local business men, to an event that is highly regarded within the region and the state. 

 

The discussion developed into a proposal that was taken to a number of local organisations with requests for sponsorship.  Friendly Society Private Hospital quickly became the major sponsor and they continue this support.  Bundaberg Sugar and Bundaberg Brewed Drinks were also keen inaugural sponsors.  McDonalds joined the major sponsor list in 2011. 

 

The event has the support of local council – with the Bundaberg Regional Council becoming a Gold Sponsor in 2012 - and state government – with sponsorship from Events QLD in 2012 and a significant grant through the Jupiters Casino Community Benefit Fund in 2013.

 

No event of this type is held without considerable support from sponsors and volunteers - please visit our sponsors page to see the huge support we receive.  If you can't participate then consider volunteering to help before or on race day.

 

Many foot races are inspired by the local geography to create a theme such as Sydney’s City to Surf, San Francisco’s Bay to Breakers and Brisbane’s Bridge to Brisbane.  As the centre of Bundaberg is located 15kms from the coast the perfect distance was immediately obvious. The course would go from a city landscape, through the cane fields and finish at the beach – therefore Cane to Coral.  It was felt that a shorter course would encourage greater participation and so an 8km start was incorporated.

 

Recreational runners are the target of the Cane2Coral.  The event has entered the hearts, minds and bodies of the people of Bundaberg and the Wide Bay/Burnett region.  It generates enormous community spirit and health benefits that cannot be measured simply by the number of people participating on the day.   There is significant feedback from organisations, gyms and businesses that the Cane2Coral event has become the focal point and catalyst for transformation of many people’s daily health routines.

 

2013 marked another step forward in the development of the Friendlies Cane2Coral with the addition of the 21.1km half marathon and 4km courses.  The half marathon is the fastest growing recreational race distance in the world and we wanted to make sure we could offer the serious runner the serious course distance.  The 4km distance is to encourage more kids and those who felt 8kms was too far.  Once they try we are sure they'll want to go on to the longer distances in the future years.

 

In 2013 we also incorporated Fundraising as an option for individuals and teams.    Everyone entering can now Run for FUNds and help - not just their health - but their community.