On your marks, get set, GO; Carl Carter, Leo Zussino and Hamish Rose are ready for the Botanic to Bridge fun run this Sunday.
On your marks, get set, GO; Carl Carter, Leo Zussino and Hamish Rose are ready for the Botanic to Bridge fun run this Sunday. Brenda Strong

Record numbers for fun run

GLADSTONE Port Corporation's (GPC) Botanic to Bridge fun run is turning into the city's biggest-ever community event with more than 3500 people registered as of 3pm yesterday.

That equates to almost 10 per cent of the city's population.

It's going to be huge!

GPC chief executive Leo Zussino said this was the first time an event of this scale had been held in Gladstone.

“We expect 3500 to 4000 people,” Mr Zussino said.

“It's a good result for the town and we would like everyone to come along and have an enjoyable day.

“If things get a little chaotic we expect we will learn from this and go forward, but we ask for everyone's patience.”

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

The finish line for both courses is the Gladstone Marina parklands where the Healthy Living Expo will be held to celebrate the end of the run. A free bus service will be provided to transport registered runners between venues.

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.

“It's really good as all the money is going into healthy living programs, schools and the local surf life savers,” said Mr Zussino.

To register go to www.botanictobridge.com.au.

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