URBAN RUN: Gladstone mayor Matt Burnett was able to go for run and clock up some kilometres yesterday afternoon.
URBAN RUN: Gladstone mayor Matt Burnett was able to go for run and clock up some kilometres yesterday afternoon. Campbell Gellie

Mayor Matt Burnett's secret to taking a break from work

WELL done Gladstone, in just four days you have clocked up 217km to take our region from 58.5km to 275.13km and it's about to go crazy with mayor Matt Burnett on board.

He has even tried to get Rockhampton councillor Jenny Hill to join the Observer's Kick the Kilos Club to help us catch up to Rockhampton.

And we need it trailing Rockhampton by 739.81km, which is 4.3m extra per capita.

The campaign has driven the Gladstone region mayor to tie the laces up again after a busy trip from Canberra yesterday.

"While I was in Canberra I thought I would get off the plane and go for a run before my first lot of meetings and add a few kilometres," he said. "But I didn't have enough time."

"Then I thought I would go for a run before my flight from Brisbane to Gladstone but I couldn't do it then."

He went for a little jog down the Sun Valley Rd once he arrived back to Gladstone but was swooped by a magpie and decided to go for a run with his friend Tyler Carman later in the day.

"My friends will tell you I still take work calls while I'm running," he said.

"I take my phone to use the Strava App and if I see an important call I take it."

But he said running did give him a bit of a break from work.

"I run with Tyler and Tom Kirchner and they are both in their 20s so they don't care about politics," he said.

Yesterday, Cr Burnett and Tyler would have been talking footy ahead of last night's preliminary final between the Sharks and the Cowboys.

His usual track is to run from his house down Sun Valley Rd, up Whitney St, down Dixon Dr, into Mercury St and back home.

"It's almost exactly 3.5km," he said.

"In an ideal world I would do that every day but I'm so busy my goal is to run 10km a week and at least 5km."

With that goal he won't beat The Observer's Kick the Kilos leader Simone Riley who has so far ran 42.7km.

Yesterday, Simone went for an 11.1km walk around West Gladstone burning 923 calories.

Les Born is sitting behind Simone with 42.7km.

He has mixed up his fitness regime with 3.7km fast runs, hill sprints and casual walks.



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