Mountain challenge for community mad about fitness
THEODORE is ground zero in a couple's bid to start a fitness revolution in their community.
Triathlon and fitness coaches Joshua and Salome Duff from Smurf and Smurfette have brought a new fitness challenge to the shire, the Malakoff Mountain Madness.
Held on the beautiful Malakoff Mountain, competitors can choose to run a five kilometres, 10km or a half marathon, with a one kilometre event for kids.
Joshua Duff said he wanted to attract people from all around the Banana Shire and further afield to his event along Malakoff Road.
He said it was the perfect sport for a challenge.
"We've already had an amazing response to the event," Duff said.
"Our goal is over 200 people to come and race.
"We'd love for it to become a sustainable event so we can continue to promote healthy and active lifestyles."
Eighteen months ago, the Duffs launched Smurf and Smurfette with a fortnightly podcast talking about their triathlon journey and, in 2019, the Theodore pair co-ordinated the Theodore River Run which drew 60 competitors.
Along with the River Run the Duffs provided a 10 week running program for the community and again they will provide a 10 week face-to-face or online running program leading into the Malakoff Mountain Madness.
"I've taken up a part-time position at Theodore State School and the rest of my time is spent working on our business based around triathlon coaching, podcasts and health and fitness in general," Duff said.
"As part of our business, we want to provide events for our community so they get involved in sport and running.
"Salome runs nutrition programs in Theodore and there's people in the area now that are coming on board with the triathlon side of things."
While Duff and his wife have 15 years of triathlon experience, the Malakoff Mountian Madness event is open to everyone of all ages and abilities as they promote the value of an active lifestyle.
"The community have been accepting of both of us and accepting these different activities and ideas," Duff said.
"It's been fantastic for us and we've enjoyed this opportunity as well as those in the community.
"Not everyone is going to be a triathlete but our goal is to promote healthy lifestyles for everyone."
Entries open in March for the Malakoff Mountain Madness event which will be run on October 3.
For more head to the 'Smurf and Smurfette' Facebook page.