Sam Ford leads out members of Rocky Road Runners on Thursday.
Sam Ford leads out members of Rocky Road Runners on Thursday. ALLAN REINIKKA

Rocky runners lace up for 2010

RUNNING: It has been three months since the Rocky Road Runners made tracks, but tomorrow, more than 100 runners will come out of hibernation and stampede the Rockhampton Showgrounds.

Sunday marks the first race for the 2010 Rocky Road Runners season, but with a big change of pace after 15 years.

The president of the club, Glen Sheppard, said this year’s races would be a part of the 5-Race 5km Series instead of the usual 10km race, which will cater for a wider group of people.

“The initiative is more about engaging the community and focusing on participation – our motto is Fitness For Everyone,” Sheppard said.

“The distances are more achievable as the 5km is more do-able rather than 10km, our traditional races didn’t cater for the average person.”

But despite some athletes taking it easy after the Christmas break, Sheppard said there would no doubt be a competitive field in the 10km race, which is a series run parallel to the 5km series.

Frenchville Frog’s top triathlete Fin Turely will be one to watch out for and will hit the track at a top fitness level.

“Fin was our standout participant last year and he won the last race we had - the 25th Anniversary race,” Sheppard said.

“Kelly Spottiswood was also the top female runner and will be competing again in this year’s races.”

With two triathletes by nature already on board for the series, the local soccer team Cougars will also put on their running shoes for the big race.

Sheppard said the team would be competing together to help build fitness for their up and coming season.

Sheppard said although the first race for 2010 may be a little slow, with participants still recovering from their holidays, the second race on March 7 would prove to be highly competitive.

The Rocky Road Runners round one race will kick off tomorrow at the Rockhampton Showgrounds at 7.30 in the morning for the 5km and 10km races.




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