Fitness will be put to the test
A BELMONT man who has lost 20kg over the past 12 months is gearing up for one of his biggest challenges yet, the 35km Bloody Long Walk next Sunday.
The event is being held to raise funds for the Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.
Stephen Harris (42) said he was happy to support the cause to raise much-needed funds for vital research and education, and to support people affected by mitochondrial disease.
Mito is a debilitating genetic disorder that robs the body’s cells of energy, causing multiple organ dysfunction or failure and potentially death.
There is no cure and few effective treatments.
Mr Harris said he was also taking part to maintain his fitness d459472 levels after taking part in the Run for a Reason in May, the Western Mudd Rush and City to Surf run in August.
“I’m trying to keep myself motivated, fit and healthy,” Mr Harris said.
“It’s also a bit of a message to my children too that dad’s still got it.”
He said he was going for about four, 40-minute walks each week, as well as three gym sessions to prepare for the walk.
Mr Harris said he was aiming to raise $400 and had so far raised $250.
He will be joined by about 1000 walkers, starting at Sir James Mitchell Park and finishing at Cottesloe.
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Belmont resident Stephen Harris is training to take part in the Bloody Long Walk.