(L-R) Jack Smith, Ella Stevens, Declan Hage and Dan Hage try out some of the obstacles for this weekends Runathon Obstacle course.
(L-R) Jack Smith, Ella Stevens, Declan Hage and Dan Hage try out some of the obstacles for this weekends Runathon Obstacle course. Christopher Chan GLA221112RUNA

A runathon for funathon

THERE will be many obstacles for Gladstone residents to overcome this weekend as young and old take part in the inaugural Runathon.

The non-competitive event is a 4km obstacle course along Canoe Point.

Runathon organiser Brett Stevens said the event was all in the name of family fun.

He encouraged everyone to come along for a great afternoon at Tannum Sands. "It's a bit of fun, down on the beach in the afternoon," Stevens said.

He said the course was similar to Tough Mudder minus the mud, with obstacles placed along the beach and running tracks.

Obstacles will include the commando crawl, sandbag challenge and tunnel crawls.

So far, he said he had had some positive response to the event. "Quite a few are coming and are keen to do it."

He said the Runathon fitted in well with the Healthy Active Gladstone campaign. "It is about participating, not about competing and winning."

Stevens said the obstacle course would show people there were ways to keep fit and healthy that didn't involve going to the gym.

If it was successful, Stevens said he would consider running it again.

"I'd probably look into putting one on early next year.

"To replicate a similar event would be not much work."

Stevens said the event would not have been possible without support from local businesses, which supplied equipment and promotional material, and Gladstone Regional Council which approved his application for event sponsorship.

If anyone was willing to help set up the course, Stevens said they could head to Canoe Point a couple of hours before it started.

He was also looking for people to volunteer as course marshals to point runners in the right direction. 

Be in it

  • The Runathon is a 4km obstacle course
  • The course is open to all ages and abilities
  • It is non-competitive
  • Entry is a gold coin donation to help cover the cost of holding the event
  • It gets under way at 4.30pm today from Canoe Point, Tannum Sands
  • Anyone interested in helping set up or being a course marshal can contact Brett Stevens on 0417 787 216


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