Half-marathoner not giv­ing up

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When Pam Burns, a half marathoner lost her Ger­man Shep­ard, she started run­ning less but she has no in­ten­tion of giv­ing up on the Di­rect Group Uni­forms Hamil­ton Half Marathon — es­pe­cially with the event’s 15th an­niver­sary just around the corner.

She hasn’t missed one yet. Pam used to run as far as 30km.

“I now walk the half marathons,” she said.

As Hamil­ton pre­pares for the an­nual run­ning fes­ti­val on Septem­ber 30 with a dis­tance for ev­ery­one, Pam walks to and from work and does a longer walk on week­ends.

She also tries to get up the Hakari­mata steps reg­u­larly, “to help with hills when I am out walk­ing”.

Half Marathon or­gan­iser Lyn Har­ris said ev­ery par­tic­i­pant should keep up the train­ing.

“Put the work in now and it will pay off on event day.”

Har­ris said over the years she has seen how phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity has changed many peo­ple’s lives.

“They have be­come fit­ter and health­ier. It’s won­der­ful to see the re­ac­tions from those cross­ing the fin­ish line on com­plet­ing the event.”

Pam has been run­ning the race since it has be­gun 15 years ago. Ath­letes of Achilles NZ will also run, walk, hop, jig­gle, jog, wheel and push all dis­tances. The group helps peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties join in any sport to pro­mote self-es­teem and per­sonal achieve­ment.

Pro­ceeds of the event go to True Colours, a chil­dren’s health trust. True Colours pro­vides coun­selling and nurs­ing care to fam­i­lies with kids who have se­ri­ous ill­nesses.

The run­ning fes­ti­val of­fers four op­tions: a half marathon, 10km, 5km, and a chil­dren’s ob­sta­cle course event.

On­line reg­is­tra­tion closes on Septem­ber 26.

Fin­ish­ers for the adult runs gets a 15th-an­niver­sary medal while bonuses are given to those who break records.

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