More than 550 runners and walkers took the cool early morning in their stride yesterday to pound the pavement and help the region’s rescue helicopter take flight.
The seventh annual Sydney Street Medical Beach to Gardens Charity Fun Run kicked off at sunrise at Iluka Park, Town Beach, and saw hundreds of walkers and runners enjoy a stunning sunrise and beautiful course as they travelled the Bluewater Trail for 5km, 8km, 16km and 21km events which also included a dog walk.
RACQ CQ Rescue Events and Fundraising Manager Zenta Martin-Szpyt said this year’s event was again very well supported and had raised $30,000 for the region’s community-funded helicopter RACQ CQ Rescue. Some of the more serious runners had recorded personal best times for the 8km, 16km and 21km routes.
Ms Martin-Szpyt thanked Dr Rachel Bidgood and the team at Sydney St Medical for their ongoing naming rights sponsorship of the event as well as legend sponsors Mastermyne and CQ Rescue Health Services. Other event supporters included BB Print, Coates Hire, Hit 100.3 FM, Blue River Ice, 1300 TEMP, Mackay Regional Council, Full Tilt Transport, Coffee and Hops, Intersport, 7 News and Applied Waste Services.
“It’s been a great family event and by participating, these runners and walkers have not only challenged themselves and enjoyed the beautiful outdoors today, but they’ve also helped fundraise a fantastic amount for our region’s rescue helicopter so they should feel incredibly proud of their efforts,” she said.
In 2018, RACQ CQ Rescue winched, rescued and transferred 636 people from an area in Central Queensland which is more than four times the size of Tasmania.