On Sunday 16 June, under a perfectly blue Brisbane sky, 25 runners for the ACRF joined a crowd of about 7,000 for Brisbane’s very first City2South.
The sister event for Sydney’s famous City2Surf, the City2South attracted runners from all over to take on the 14km challenge. Runners of all ages made their way from the Botanic Gardens, along Coronation Drive, through the University of Queensland and back through Highgate Hill.
We were lucky enough to be there on the day to meet with our runners and talk to them about the event and why they decided to turn this great event into a cancer fun run.
One of our fundraisers, James Shaw, raised an epic $1,715 for cancer research:
“I decided to run the event and raise money for cancer research as I was diagnosed with testicular cancer three and a half years ago,” James said.
“Although I received my treatment in London, I wanted to do my part to help with the research being done here in Australia and hopefully give more people the positive outcome I have experienced.”
“Crossing the finish line was quite an achievement as I had never done a competitive long distance run before. Knowing I had raised money to support a cause close to my heart and finishing it in a decent time for me was something I was very proud of.”
“A big thank you needs to go to all of my family and friends who have been so generous with their support of me and this cause,” said James.
Another of our cancer fundraisers, Jessie O’Brien, who ran with friends Elizabeth Gorham & Stephanie Mattei raised over $1,300 in honour of her uncle who unfortunately passed away from stomach cancer.
Jessie said, “I decided to dedicate my run to my uncle, Danny Bowman. He was diagnosed with stomach cancer a few years ago and fought real hard to beat it!”
“The ending of this story, of my uncle’s fight with cancer, is far from perfect but sometimes the best of us comes out in the worst of life’s situations.”
Together, our amazing fundraisers who took part on the day raised an epic $11,000 for cancer research in Australia, bringing cancer research dreams closer to reality – and for that, we are extremely grateful.
Check out our photo gallery below to see what the day was like: