Gold Coast overrun by marathon festival

Cancer fun run & cancer fundraisingA record 28,000 runners turned out for the annual Gold Coast Airport Marathon event, encompassing the marathon, half marathon, 10km, 5km and junior dash races. As part of the event, 5 generous individuals chose to raise funds for cancer research as part of their race.

These supporters each had their own motivations for supporting cancer research, some were cancer survivors giving their all with their new found health, others had friends and family currently battling cancer, and others had sadly lost loved ones to cancer. Supporter Miles Thompson said it was the loss of his amazing papa, Keith Patching, a few years ago that inspired him to support cancer research, he was doing this run for his papa. Amongst all the worthy cancer charities, supporter Kylie King chose to support the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) because she “decided [her] money would work the best, by going towards helping with research to find a cure.”

A beautiful day dawned on the Gold Coast as the competitors hit the pavement in their chosen events – some as seasoned runners, others taking up the challenge for the first time. Some supporters breezed through the event while others were feeling the pain, but all finished up their race feeling “amazing” about completing the challenging event – being motivated by those in their life impacted by cancer.

Over $4,600 was raised from these fantastic competitors and all their supporters. The ACRF congratulates you all on your great achievements in both the races and fundraising – thanks Jacqui, Julie, Kylie, Miles and Rebecca for your support!

We’ll see you out there again next year!

If you would like to take part in a local sporting event for cancer research, visit our page for upcoming events.