Gladstone bodies keen for race

THE thighs and calves of Gladstone locals are starting to cramp and hurt with thousands of people preparing for Gladstone Ports Corporation's (GPC) Botanic to Bridge fun run.

The inaugural event includes two courses, an 8km event commencing at the Toondoon Botanical Gardens and a 3km event commencing at Reg Tanna Memorial Park.

The finish line for both courses is the picturesque Gladstone Marina parklands.

Over the past few weeks The Observer has been following the progress and preparations of the Fleetwood family.

Les Fleetwood said his family entered the event because the whole family loves to run together.

“It's a great way for the family to do something together that we all love,” Mr Fleetwood said.

“My daughter and I are currently preparing for the 8km run while the rest of the family will run the 3km.

“We ran 6km yesterday and we plan to go out again tomorrow. In a couple of weeks we will move that up to 8km and then 10km a couple of weeks after that.”

Local primary and secondary schools are set to benefit from GPC's Botanic to Bridge event with an estimated $50,000 from registrations going back to the schools. In addition to this, GPC will donate $500 to schools for every 100 registrations received per school, with the funds to be used for healthy living initiatives.

The ports corporation CEO Leo Zussino said the school incentive program will provide the next generation with the information needed to improve their health and fitness.

“By donating the proceeds from student registrations to local schools, the schools can implement healthy living programs to assist students to develop healthy living habits that will guide them for the rest of their lives,” he said yesterday.

For more information and to register go to

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