What's your New Year's resolution? Alright, perhaps it's a little early to be thinking about New Year's resolutions. Moreover, I'm not exactly the best person to be lecturing anyone on the subject as I rarely make them let alone stick to them. However, all that might be about to change. I love celebrating Christmas. Who doesn't? Nevertheless, come January I usually feel a little worse for wear. This year I would love to bring in the New Year feeling fantastic. And I have the perfect event to keep me, and anyone else who wants to join in, motivated and focussed on this goal.
The 2013 Brisbane Resolution Run is a great way for anyone who is interested in their health, to get outdoors, get fitter and have some fun. And in the process raise much needed funds for charity. Event organisers, Active8Change, are giving people the opportunity to do something good for themselves while also helping the community at large. Sounds like a win win situation to me. On the morning of Sunday the 13th of January 2013, the City Botanic Gardens will be buzzing with people bright and early preparing for their race.
You can choose from an 11 kilometre run which commences at 6:30am, or a 5.5 kilometre walk/run that starts ten minutes later at 6:40am. It sounds a little early for a Sunday morning but it really is all for a great cause. Not only will you have the opportunity to develop your fitness through preparation, training and participation, you will also have the chance to raise funds for the run's feature charity beneficiary, the Heart Foundation. Unless of course there is another charity which is close to your heart and you would prefer to support them. The choice is completely yours.
As you are probably aware, the Heart Foundation is an established charity organisation which promotes heart health around Australia. Their aim is to significantly reduce the effects of cardiovascular disease on the Australian community. Teaming up with Active8Change will help them raise the funds they need to continue their work while increasing public awareness on the importance of exercise and fitness. Apart from raising awareness and educating the public they also fund research into cardiovascular disease, and hence actively promote healthy living. They do this in tandem with supporting people in their fight against the disease.
While there are numerous altruistic reasons to sign up for this event, how about doing it for the satisfaction that you achieved something? Preparing for this event will be a great incentive to keep healthy and improve your fitness for 2013. With a little bit of effort and training you can celebrate in a different way over the Christmas period and start the New Year with a bang. Furthermore, this event really is for everyone at any fitness level. With the two race options you can simply choose the one that suits you best. There is no reason not to join in the fun, sweat and tears - of joy, of course.
You can do it by yourself, with friends or workmates, or even get the whole family involved. The 11 kilometre run costs $42 for adults and $28 for children 15 years of age or under. Alternatively, the 5.5 kilometre run/walk will set you forward - it's a great investment after all - $32 for adults and $20 for children. If you have children aged five years or under, you don't need to register them and they can participate for free. This really is a small price to pay for the opportunity of improving your overall health and wellbeing.
However, this isn't the only thing you will receive by signing up. Entry includes an event bib, a finisher's medal, an electronic timing tag, an Aqua Essence water bottle, your choice of fruit and sponsors' giveaways. You also have the option to purchase a very cool running singlet. Additionally, you will have the convenience of a marked course and staffed drink stations to keep hydrated during the run. Better yet there are lots of prizes to be won, certificates of achievement and photos available to remember the day. Make sure you sign up for a memorable morning that you can share with others.
A word of warning though, the event has a limited capacity of 2000 people. Therefore, if you are considering signing up, don't think about it for too long. For additional details and registration just visit the Active8Change website. It should tell you everything you need to know. Give yourself, and someone else, the gift of a happy, healthy heart by participating in this run and raising funds for the Heart Foundation or a charity of your choosing. It will be a fantastic and unforgettable way to bring in the New Year.