Runners hit the track for a cancer free future

One in two Queenslanders will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime – a statistic local runners are passionate about changing!

This weekend, thousands of Queenslanders will converge for the 2016 Gold Coast Airport Marathon, held July 2-3.

More than 86 people have pledged to run in support of Cancer Council Queensland, a major beneficiary of the annual event. Funds raised from the event will help provide Queenslanders with the best possible prospects of preventing, detecting, effectively treating and surviving a cancer diagnosis.


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Gold Coast friends Chris Evans and Antony Sedman are among those running for Cancer Council Queensland this weekend. The athletic pair, who have named themselves The Wounded Pelicans, have pledged to take part in at least 30 endurance events in 2016 to raise more than $20,000 for the cause. They will run over 42km on Sunday morning, dressed as daffodils.

“We will look like something from The Mighty Boosh – we’ll be dressed in green bodysuits with our Cancer Council Queensland singlets and daffodil heads,” Mr Evans said.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said those who take part in the 38th annual Gold Coast Airport Marathon give hope to Queenslanders touched by cancer. “With your help, Cancer Council Queensland can continue to fund life saving research and provide local support to loved ones affected by cancer,” Ms Clift said. “The cause has never been more important. On the Gold Coast alone, more than 3400 locals are diagnosed with cancer each year. Our warmest thanks go to the team at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon for their continued support of our mission.”

Participants can take part in either the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Wheelchair Marathon, ASICS Half Marathon, Wheelchair 15km, Southern Cross University 10km Run, Suncorp Bank 5.7km Challenge or Zespri 4km and 2km Junior Dash.

For more information on the Gold Coast Airport Marathon visit www.goldcoastmarathon.com.au.