HERO WOR­SHIP RUNS AMOK

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - JANE AR­MIT­STEAD

RUN­NERS and walk­ers have the chance to dress as the hero they’ve al­ways wanted to be.

A record num­ber of cos­tume- clad ath­letes are ex­pected to join in the Townsville Air­port 2.5km Hero Run, as part of the McDon­ald’s Townsville Run­ning Fes­ti­val, next week­end.

Townsville Road­run­ners pres­i­dent Tony Gor­don is en­cour­ag­ing par­tic­i­pants to dress as their ev­ery­day hero.

“We want peo­ple to draw in­spi­ra­tion from wher­ever, from de­fence, fire­fight­ers, ser­vice peo­ple to su­per­heroes,” he said. It’s the sec­ond year the pop­u­lar event has in­cluded the hero run, with more than 400 peo­ple ex­pected to take part.

Mr Gor­don said it was an event to give back to the com­mu­nity.

“When peo­ple en­ter, they can choose to do­nate part of their en­try to a par­tic­u­lar char­ity we have rec­om­mended or they can nom­i­nate their own,” he said.

The fes­ti­val, on Au­gust 2 at The Strand, is on track for record num­bers, with en­tries up 30 per cent on last year.

Pic­ture: FIONA HARD­ING

DY­NAMIC DUO: Cap­tain Ac­tive steps out with Richard Anau, 8.

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