Mon 24 Feb
Put on your running shoes and start stretching, because it’s time to get ready for the inaugural 7 Cairns Marathon and Community Run Festival 2019.
Almost 4000 athletes from all over Australia and the world are expected to hit Cairns over the weekend of 26th to 28th April to compete in the marathon and enjoy the festivities surrounding the event.
If you’ve already registered, are thinking about competing, or just want to get involved in the fun, here are a few of our top tips on preparing for the 7 Cairns Marathon.
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The event is just over a month away, so if you haven’t registered, get in quick! If you’re a beginner, entering a marathon can seem pretty daunting – fortunately, the 7 Cairns Marathon and Community Run Festival has a range of events for all ages and all levels. The 7CM 2019 events range from the 2km Ronald McDonald House Charities Family Dash, all the way up to the 42km Channel 7 Marathon.
HAVE A TRAINING PLAN
Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a seasoned marathon runner, it’s crucial to have a proper training plan to prep your body and mind for the big day. Before you begin, it’s a good idea to check in with your doctor to make sure you’re ready to undertake an extensive training program. When it comes to finding the right plan for you and your goals, the 7 Cairns Marathon organisers have released a number of training guides to get you ready to pound the pavement.
ALLOW FOR POST-TRAVEL RECOVERY TIME
If you’re travelling to Cairns from interstate or overseas for this event, it’s important to allow yourself enough time to recover after your long flight or drive. Stretching plays a very important part in the body’s recovery process, especially after long periods of sitting, so make sure you fit in a quick stretch session or some yoga once you arrive. It’s always a good idea to plan your arrival in Cairns a few days before the marathon, so your body has plenty of time to recover back to its top form. You definitely don’t want to be rushing straight from the airport to the starting line!
BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATION EARLY
With almost 4000 people expected to arrive in Cairns for this event, you’ll want to make sure you lock in your accommodation ASAP so you don’t miss out! Accor are the official accommodation providers for the 7 Cairns Marathon, and Novotel Cairns Oasis are currently running a great special offer during the time of the event where you can enjoy $25 off each night of your stay and breakfast for just $1.
KEEP YOUR HEALTH & FITNESS ROUTINE ON TRACK
When it comes staying on track with your health and fitness goals while away from home, Australian pro surfer Sally Fitzgibbons’ philosophy is: “I have a simple approach to healthy living; I put the best into my body, to get the best out of it.” As Novotel’s wellness ambassador, Sally put this philosophy into the hotel’s ‘In Balance’ program, which helps guests keep up their health and fitness routine while travelling. ‘In Balance’ offers healthy travel tips, nutritious meals, and an in-room fitness channel, featuring a 30-minute no-equipment-required workout to help you get in your daily exercise and feel energised in the lead up to the marathon.
FUEL UP FOR THE RACE
Having a marathon nutrition plan is just as important as a having training plan. Trying to find healthy options when you’re away from home can be tricky, but Novotel’s ‘Healthy Choices’ menu will ensure you can easily find nutritious meal options, right within your hotel. The night before the race, opt for a healthy, balanced meal, high in carbohydrates like pasta, rice or potato. Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking mostly water, avoid foods high in salt and fibre, and of course, no alcohol. On the morning of the race, eat a small nutritious breakfast, like oatmeal with banana, and allow plenty of time for digestion before you hit the starting line.
CELEBRATE YOUR HARD WORK AT THE OFFICAL AFTER PARTY
You put in the training hours, you kicked some goals, and you made it across that finish line. Now it’s time to celebrate with your fellow runners at the 7 Cairns Marathon Official After Party at Novotel Cairns Oasis! Entry is free, with festivities kicking off from 4pm on Sunday 28th April. Enjoy live entertainment, a great range of food and drink specials, and awards for the age-group winners and other prizes.
Brittany Herron is a freelance travel and lifestyle writer
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