Thousands put their best foot forward for race

GLADSTONE'S most popular racing event saw close to 4000 people run, walk, jog and wheel to the Gladstone marina on Sunday.

There were experienced runners, families, youngsters, pram pushers and even tigers who completed the eight and three kilometre events.

>> Grab a copy of Monday's Observer for a full list of entrants and their results, plus loads of pics

Scott Simmons completed the race with his two children, Damien, 7 and Skye, 7.

The Calliope resident used a wheelchair for the three kilometre event.

"I enjoy running around with the kids and today is a good chance to do that and spend time with them," he said.

Fifteen-years-ago he had a spinal cord injury which requires him to use a wheelchair when walking long distances.

He said his family love the Botanic to Bridge.

"We all love it. We're here waiting for my partner Ce'Anne, she's still coming through," he said.

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While the Botanic to Bridge green shirts were a popular choice of attire, many donned other outfits.

Noah Hanson, 13, Josh Burnett, 12 and Luke Baldwin, 12 ran in patterned full body lycra suits.

"Last year we dressed up too and got in the newspaper, it makes it more fun," Noah said.

"They're actually really airy so they're not too bad to run in," Luke said.

Jess and John Keast was spotted sporting some trendy matching shirts with their group of Miriam Vale State School students and teachers.

The troop stood out from the crowd in bright pink and yellow t-shirts especially made for the event.

There were competitors of all ages from small children to seniors.

Pam Morrow was proud to reach the finish line of the eight kilometre run.

"This is my fourth time competing, but it's my first time as a grandmother.

"Grandma's can do it too!" she said.

The 2014 Botanic to Bridge community beneficiary is the Gladstone Community Hub.

The hub will receive $20,000. The fundraising tally for schools throughout the Gladstone region is yet to be tallied.



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