Baby, he was born to run
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.