On August 26th the Sunshine Coast came alive with the inaugural Sunshine Coast Marathon and Community Run Festival. More than 5000 runners turned out to take part in the variety of races throughout the on the day with a hoard of spectators also present to take in the new event. As part of this group, 5 participants added a little more meaning to their race by doing cancer fundraising at the same time.
Each of our supporters were contributing to the work of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) in honour of a loved one in their life that had been lost to cancer. For some it was a recent loss of a sister, family friend or uncle and for others it was a loss some time ago and the battle ahead for close friend’s that had been recently diagnosed. Many felt this was a way to remember their loved ones in a physical way, like Craig who said “I know [the marathon] is going to be very hard for me. But, nothing like the struggle that people with cancer go through every day”.
As a gorgeous Sunshine Coast morning dawned the thousands lined up for their races with energy and buzz spurring people on to begin their races. Despite some pre-race injuries and difficulties, the competitors held up thanks to the motivation from the crowds and the knowledge they were running for their loved ones who were no longer here.
Thanks to the incredible generosity of family, friends and colleagues – the ACRF group of supporters managed to raise almost $6,500 for cancer research!
We would like to extend our thanks and congratulations to our fabulous runners, we’re so grateful for your support Craig, Dave, Heather, Michael & Natalie!