More than 370 athletes including locals, runners from interstate and from as far away as New York City lined up across various events at the Alice Springs Running festival on Sunday.
The festival, that had 70 competitors last year, also incorporated the Athletics Northern Territory Marathon Championships.
Winner of the half marathon and Alice Springs local Emma Kraft took out the women’s half marathon in a time of one hour 27 minutes, 26 seconds.
The Australian representative in Mountain Running who makes her national team debut in just over two weeks was thrilled with the result in what she considers a quality field and amazing local event.
‘Fortunately I’m injury free and have been training hard running about 120km’s per week,’ Kraft said today.
‘I had no intention to run as fast as I did, but at about 16km I had a gel which picked me up substantially and I am really happy with my time’.
‘I had a mountain run on Saturday so to run on tired leg’s and to run that fast as I did is great indication of where I am at and how well my body is adapting to the training,’ said Kraft.
Race coordinator Peter Eason couldn’t be happier with the turn out of the festival.
‘All the feedback we received has been really positive and everyone both local and from interstate just see this as a unique experience,’ Eason said.
‘We will review the course, and the event as a whole but our ultra marathon event has been particularly well received’.
‘We are just thrilled to have run a successful community event our local runners and businesses are proud to be involved in.’