Run event for new­bies

Walk your way to half marathon

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS - An­nie Caughey An­nie.Caughey@sc­news.com.au

YOU may not be the man that walks 1000 miles, but you can be the one that runs 14 this year at the Can Too half-marathon.

The char­ity fundraiser event, which first be­gan in Syd­ney 13 years ago, will make its de­but at Mooloolaba this year.

Pro­ject man­ager and run­ning coach Amy Abra­hams said the Can Too ini­tia­tive not only helps in­di­vid­u­als to trans­form their lives, it also pro­vides much-need funds for cancer re­search.

Since its be­gin­ning, the or­gan­i­sa­tion has raised over $19 mil­lion.

“It’s a win-win sce­nario be­cause peo­ple are learn­ing how to get fit and be healthy while also sup­port­ing char­ity,” Mrs Abra­hams said.

“Young cancer re­searchers miss out on fund­ing be­cause they don’t have any­thing pub­lished but that’s where we put our money, we want to sup­port them and help their ca­reers take off.

“We don’t want their time wasted try­ing to find fund­ing when it could be used to re­search.”

The 10 kilome­tre race will kick off on Sun­day, Au­gust 19. How­ever, Mrs Abra­hams said ‘Can Too­ers’ will be in prepa­ra­tion long be­fore.

Be­cause this event is not your reg­u­lar race, the Can Too in­cen­tive guides par­tic­i­pants through a step-by-step pro­gram in the lead up to the half-marathon that en­sures run­ners are in tip-top phys­i­cal con­di­tion to take on the gru­elling course.

“Some­times peo­ple can’t run 400m and then they run a half marathon. It’s not about hav­ing a back­ground in run­ning,” she said.

The pro­gram in­cludes two pro­fes­sion­ally coached train­ing ses­sion per week, a day-by-day nu­tri­tional plan and men­tal sup­port from qual­i­fied fit­ness train­ers.

Mrs Abra­hams said the healthy life­style al­ready ex­is­tent on the Coast made it the su­perb des­ti­na­tion to grow the event.

“We love the Sun­shine Coast, peo­ple who live there are pretty ac­tive, so it’s a great place to bring a run­ning event,” she said.

The train­ing weekly ses­sions will take place at Sippy Downs USC run­ning track on Wed­nes­day evenings and Alex Head­lands on Satur­day morn­ings.

Train­ing is due to start on June 13. For any­one in­ter­ested in reg­is­ter­ing, visit the web­site www. can­too.org.au. STREETS RE­VIVED

PA­CIFIC Par­adise’s com­mer­cial and cul­tural precinct has been re­vi­talised by coun­cil’s streetscape pro­ject which has brought Ti­mari Street into the new age with vi­brant public art, land­scap­ing, light­ing and seat­ing.

The up­grade in­cludes street fur­ni­ture and has cre­ated a low speed, walk­a­ble street en­vi­ron­ment with for­malised car park­ing as well.

The up­grade in­creases op­por­tu­ni­ties for busi­ness devel­op­ment by at­tract­ing peo­ple, and pro­vid­ing out­door din­ing.

NEW STUFF

■ Re­fur­bish­ment and up­grades to Power Me­mo­rial Park Play­ground, Mud­jimba ■ New tree plant­ings, park fur­ni­ture, shel­ters, light­ing and a drink foun­tain in Felix Parry Park, Mar­coola

■ A new ameni­ties build­ing and camp kitchen at the Mud­jimba Beach Hol­i­day Park

■ Con­struc­tion of a new sec­tion of cy­cle­way along Sixth Av­enue be­tween Me­mo­rial and Beach Parade, Ma­roochy­dore

■ Road re­seals on Thomas Street, Glean­lea Road, Liffy Court and Schirrmann Drive, Ma­roochy­dore

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

YES YOU CAN: The Can Too half-marathon pro­gram is com­ing to the Sun­shine Coast.

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