Run event for newbies
Walk your way to half marathon
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.
■ 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
YES YOU CAN: The Can Too half-marathon program is coming to the Sunshine Coast.