Run for your lives
MORE than 1000 runners, joggers, walkers and wheelers get set to start the Rocky River Run.
It's a great sight as the gun goes off and they swarm down Huish Drive.
It's a fantastic vision The Morning Bulletin wants to see become a reality on June 12.
Today we launch our Target 1000 campaign to help Rocky River Run organisers, the Rockhampton Rotary Club, reach that magic number.
Our launch coincides with the release of new Queensland obesity figures which show almost two-thirds of men are overweight as are almost half our women.
As well as targeting 1000 starters for this year's event, Rocky River Run organisers want to raise close to $40,000 with every cent spent locally to help combat suicide, particularly among young people.
The Morning Bulletin has not done enough to support this great event in its short history, but we are making up for it now.
You can help us, event organisers – and yourselves – by registering to participate online at www.rockhamptonrotaryclub. com.au.
But I believe we can do better than 1000.
So come on Rockhampton region and Central Queensland, let's make this June 12 run, sponsored by Stanwell Corporation, one of the best and biggest of its kind in Australia.
The potential is there to improve our fitness and wellbeing and also assist in fighting suicide.
The 2011 run will start at Huish Drive and participants can choose from a 2km (for little athletes), 5km wheel/walk, professionally timed events including a 5km run that incorporates a team challenge, a 10km run, or for the more serious, trained-up runners, a 21km half-marathon which will be run in conjunction with Rocky Road Runners.
To help people train for the event they want to compete in, the Bully will be running a series of programs in the lead-up to the run, starting with the half-marathon today.
Rotary president Trevor McCubbin said this inclusive event was open to everyone, regardless of ability or fitness levels.
The more serious competitors can find full training programs for 10km and half-marathon at www.rockyriverrun.com
See you on the road.