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Run for your life
If you are look for something different to do this year that will get you fit and healthy, make you feel good and also raise money for a good cause, then why not sign up for the Gold Coast Airport Marathon this July.
Registration has now opened and signing up now, not only gets you a discount on the fee, but it gives you plenty of time to train and get ready, both physically and mentally.
It takes place on 6-7 July 2013 at the Broadwater Parklands and is one of the country's leading marathons, it is set to motivate and challenge more than 23,000 people of all ages and abilities.
There is a variety of distances on offer to cater for beginners and pros, including a Full Marathon, a Half Marathon, a 10km Run, a 5km Challenge and Junior Dash races for the kids. It is sponsored by the Gold Coast Airport, which is where it takes its name.
Last year they raised an amazing $470,000 for charity and this year's event has already seen a record number of entries since it opened on 19 March. The fees vary depending on the race you want to do, but range from $45 to $145. Early Bird entries ends on Wednesday 22 May and all entries close on Friday 5 July.
I have done a couple of of 10 K runs in recent years and I have to say it is very satisfying to achieve something that is out of your comfort zone and to raise money for charity. I was apprehensive at first when I signed up as I was pretty out of shape and it was very unlike me. But, once I saw the messages of support and the charity money coming in it spurred me on and I really enjoyed it - so much so that I signed up the following year to do it again.
It isn't easy though of course, unless you are a pro, but really as long as you finish, whether you run or walk, that is the main thing and I would encourage people to try something like this at least once in their life - it is an amazing feeling and a worthwhile achievement.
Plus the GC Marathon track is set out to take in some excellent Gold Coast beaches - when I did my two 10 K runs it was set around the streets of East London - I am pretty sure running through parklands and by the beach through places such as Burleigh, Main Beach, Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise and Palm Beach will make the run that much more enjoyable.
If you don't sign up for the run itself, then I urge people to go down and support those that are taking part. I have to say that people cheering you on (even if you don't know them) as you are coming up to the finish line, really motivates you to keep going and to push a little harder to get to the end.
So why not sign up, raise money for a good cause, get fit and challenge yourself in 2013.