The starting line of the 3km run/walk to the Gladstone Marina.
The starting line of the 3km run/walk to the Gladstone Marina. Brenda Strong

Fun run is a hit

THE streets trembled and the earth moved in Gladstone yesterday when more than 4500 people ran and walked the first Botanic to Bridge fun run.

In what could be termed as one of the most successful community events held in Gladstone, the Gladstone Ports Corporation’s (GPC) Botanic to Bridge fun run washed the streets in colour with thousands of men, women and children pounding the pavement for this inaugural event.

Fourteen-year-old Dean Beyeers said the event was fantastic and he loved it.

“I ran the eight kilometres and I would have come third in my age group, but I was running with the family,” he said.

The fun run included two courses, an 8km event that commenced at the Tondoon Botanic Gardens and a 3km event that commenced at Reg Tanna Memorial Park with the finish line for both courses at the Gladstone Marina parklands.

GPC chief executive Leo Zussino said the GPC started the event as a healthy living event for the community.

“We wanted to involve the community in a fun way and we focused on providing money to the schools for healthy living programs,” Mr Zussino said.

“This generation of children could be the first Australians that have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.

“That’s an indictment on all of us and our goal is to empower kids to take control of their lives.”



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