Vaughn Van Doren from Anytime Fitness Gladstone hopes to see plenty of support for R U OK? in this year's treadmill challenge.
Vaughn Van Doren from Anytime Fitness Gladstone hopes to see plenty of support for R U OK? in this year's treadmill challenge. Matt Taylor GLA100519TMILL

How you can help save a life in 24 hours in Gladstone

THERE'S half a million reasons to get to the gym at the end of May with Anytime Fitness hoping to raise over $500,000 for national charity partner R U OK?

The Gladstone franchise is joining in the Tread As One 24-hour treadmill challenge, an annual event to help fundraise for a selected charity.

One or more treadmills will run for 24 hours with participants donating $15 for every 15-minute slot they complete.

The Gladstone franchise will have two treadmills running and aims to raise  more than the $3000 achieved last year.

Anytime Fitness Gladstone manager Vaughn Van Doren said fitness and mental health go hand in hand.

"Physical activity, fitness, weightlifting, anything is one of the best and most under-used things for treating anxiety and depression," he said.

"For a lot of people these days the gym or going for a run is their safe place.

"That's when they can just clear their minds and that's what I enjoy so much about this job as well."

The event will take place in participating clubs nationwide from 3pm on May 31 for 24 hours and is not limited to club members.

Mr Van Doren said last year's event attracted community groups, including Gladstone firefighters who ran in full gear.

"A lot of fun was had ... especially in those quiet hours between about 12 until 3 when you're trying to stay awake.

"You don't have to be a member to come in and support the cause ... you can just come along, knock on the door.

"If you don't want to walk you can donate money for me to walk."

To book, phone Anytime Fitness on 4976 9130.



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