Half-marathoner not giving up
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.