Champ returns for Ipswich Park2Park fun run
CHAMPION long distance runner Steve Moneghetti will return as the ambassador of this year's Ipswich Park2Park fun run.
Moneghetti will take part in one of the runs on the day, assist MC Ali Fyfe in calling the race and will present awards to the winners.
He was ambassador for the event in 2010 and 2012, when he ran in the 10km and 5km runs.
In 2010 Moneghetti, then 48, showed that age is no barrier, sizzling around Limestone Park in the 10km event in just 32 minutes.
The popular Ipswich Park2Park event, which raises funds for the Ipswich Hospital Foundation, attracts about 2000 participants each year.
Ipswich Park2Park event organiser Ashton Cooper said she was proud of the high-class running event that Ipswich Park2Park had become.
The first event, in 2005, attracted 338 people and was originally planned from Wolsten Park to Limestone Park.
The route changed on the morning of the inaugural event and was similar to the current race route - between Limestone and Queens Park.
"The event has grown in sophistication and stature and in 2013 reached its peak number of entrants attracting 2103 people," Ms Cooper said.
"This year we hope to engage 2500 participants."
The Park2Park is one of the most challenging, hilly courses in Queensland.
The event offers a 700m family challenge, 5km walk, 5km fun run, 10km fun run, half marathon and 100m Mascot Marathon.
Held on July 26 the Ipswich Park2Park starts and ends at Bill Paterson Oval and takes in Limestone and Queens Park.
"Ipswich Park2Park supports the work of the Ipswich Hospital Foundation," Ms Cooper said.
"Your participation and support of this event assists us in raising money and awareness for the health of the Ipswich community."
1195.2 litres of water was distributed throughout water stations around the course
37.76% of participants were male and 62.24% were female