Time to lace up the boots and run for funds

IN five more sleeps I will be running for my life in the annual Gladstone Ports Corporation Botanic to Bridge Fund Run.

Yes, it's come around that quick, the annual run of fun down to the Gladstone marina that thousands of locals enjoy.

On Sunday just gone I went and did a course practice run with Matt Burnett and Mat Ovenden just to stretch the legs, and if that was any indication, this weekend coming will be an eye opener.

Over the past five years we've come to make this one of the biggest and best family fitness days ever and it keeps getting bigger.

There's a couple of run lengths, depending on what's happening with you and your family, so everyone should be catered for.

I'm doing the 8km event yet again from the botanic gardens heading down to the marina for the Healthy Living Expo.

The 3km event heads off from the duck ponds and finishes at the same place.

Remember, it's a family friendly event so you can either run it, walk it, crawl it, push it, or perhaps hover-board it if that's been invented fully yet after it was on that movie.

This is a huge fundraiser for our local area as each year money goes back to local schools, and the beneficiary this year  is the Gladstone Community Hub.

This group of amazing people do brilliant work for our brothers, sisters, parents, and grandparents so having upwards of $20,000 going to them after this event is just a welcome treat.

If you haven't nominated yet do it now at the website and put your name down for an exciting time with great people.

Don't forget to say g'day to our Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallist Fund Run Ambassador Matt Welsh, who'll be running both events and handing out the prizes at the end.

He's a top bloke and well worth a chin-wag to at the end, guaranteed to inspire anyone in their daily lives.

That's it for me. I'll see you down at the start line, and if all goes well the editor of this fine paper, Allen Winter, will be at my side running it with me. Fingers crossed mate.

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