Baby, he was born to run

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - JAMES KITTO

A NEW Ho­bart jog­ging track is not the only thing named af­ter highly re­spected and much-loved run­ning coach Max Cherry.

Of­fi­cially opened at Queens Do­main on Wed­nes­day by Ho­bart Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds, the 2.2km “Max’s In­fin­ity Loop” had its first run by a hand­ful of jog­gers, in­clud­ing 11-yearold Max Dan­nock, whose par­ents named him in hon­our of Mr Cherry.

Be­fore he died in 2008, Mr Cherry, OAM, coached many lo­cal ath­letes to na­tional and in­ter­na­tional level com­pe­ti­tion, in­clud­ing world cham­pion ori­en­teer­ing ath­lete Hanny All­ston.

Max’s mum Ju­lia said she and her hus­band wanted to name their first­born child af­ter the man who had “a huge im­pact on our lives”.

“We in­stantly knew we were go­ing to name him Max, and we were for­tu­nate enough to tell Mr Cherry we would name our son af­ter him, but sadly they never got to meet as Mr Cherry passed be­fore Max was born,” she said.

A keen ath­let­ics en­thu­si­ast, Max said he felt like he was “born to run”.

“Mr Cherry helped a lot of peo­ple run and made peo­ple try hard to do bet­ter with their sport. The one thing I love about run­ning is it’s chal­leng­ing, no mat­ter what dis­tance you cover,” he said.

The track is com­prised of both nat­u­ral soft-fall and bi­tu­men sur­faces.

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