Six weeks to go for fun run
THE Botanic to Bridge fun run is coming up the straight with only six weeks to go until thousands of Central Queenslanders compete for cash and prizes.
The Observer will follow the Fleetwood family over the coming weeks to see how the family-of-six prepare for the event.
Local primary and secondary schools are set to benefit from Gladstone Ports Corporation'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.
Les Fleetwood said his family entered the event because the whole family loves to run.
“My daughter and I are currently preparing for the 8km run,” Mr Fleetwood said.
“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.
The inaugural event includes two courses, an 8km event commencing at the Tondoon Botanic Gardens and a 3km event commencing at Reg Tanna Memorial Park. The finish line for both courses is the picturesque Gladstone Marina parklands.
The Gladstone Ports Corporation launched the fun run last week with a call for school kids, couples and families to enter.
“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,” said GPC's chief executive Leo Zussino.
For information and to register go to www.botanictobridge.com.au.