Lace up for the Park2Park fun run

Even if you have short fury legs, large soft feet or an enormous heavy head, you can still compete in this year’s Park2Park and win.

At 10.30am on Bill Paterson Oval, 29 July, a line up of Mascots will race (shuffle mostly) in a 100m race.

Winning is not the name of the game for Leichhardt State School’s Leo, Senior Constable Clancy and Bendigo Bank’s Piggy (pictured), who are just aiming to stay upright.

If pain is something you prefer over pleasure than the half marathon is for you.

The IHF Park2Park fun run in Ipswich is regarded as one of the most challenging, hilly courses in Queensland.

After completing the half marathon last year, one of the participants declared that ‘anyone who finished on this course, deserves a finishes medal’. Furthermore, the runner – who wants to remain anonymous – offered to pay for it.

So this year for the first time, anyone who slogs up and down the hills in any of the events and finishes, will receive a medal.

On Sunday 29 July, roads will be blocked off for thousands of runners to compete in either the Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay, 10km, 5km Run, 5km Walk, Family Challenge or Mascot Marathon.

Training is recommended but with only two weeks to go, most levels of fitness would be able to complete the walk or family challenge.

The Walker Pender Group 5km walk is the most popular event and is a lap of Limestone and Queens Park.

Ipswich City Council sport spokesman Councillor David Morrison said the fun run had grown in stature and was known for the enjoyable camaraderie on the day.

“It doesn’t matter if you are a serious runner or if you just want to get out of the house and do some healthy exercise, this event will suit you,” he said.

“Ipswich City Council is proud to be involved with an event that improves fitness and encourages the community to come together. We continue to provide support to the event through a three-year sponsorship deal made possible through Ipswich City Council’s Sporting Event Sponsorship program.

“Park2Park consistently attracts about 2,000 participants including international, national and local athletes as well as everyday folk who just want to have fun and be fit while raising money for a good cause in the Ipswich Hospital Foundation.”

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