On your mark for Park2Park
IPSWICH'S premier running event is calling for joggers to get their running shoes ready for this year's Park2Park.
The Ipswich Hospital Foundation officially launched the social yet gruelling fun run with an inspirational video to encourage would-be runners to get off the couch and take part.
It also began the countdown for the July 28 event.
Now in its ninth year, the run from Queens Park to Limestone Park attracted nearly 2000 entrants last year.
This year a 5km walk has been added to the list of categories to give runners more room over the course.
Ipswich Hospital Foundation executive officer Tom Yates said the event had grown significantly from the 320 runners who lined up in the inaugural event.
He said the run raised money for the hospital foundation and took people outdoors.
"It's encouragement for people to exercise in the process, and there seems to be more people out running at this time of year," he said.
"We've been focusing the last couple of years on research for the Queensland Centre for Mental Health and we plan to continue with that."
Race director Chris Gale said the hilly 5km loop was tough on competitors.
Mr Gale said runners often didn't see the benefit immediately after crossing the finish line.
"They say they are never doing it again," he said.
"But then they line up again because it is quite a great event.
"I do a lot of events around the country every year and all the funds from this go into the hospital foundation.
"This is why it's different.
"Every dollar goes to the charity."
Ipswich Hospital Foundation events co-ordinator Ashton Cooper said she was thrilled to partner with Catalyst Church for the event promotion.
"The Catalyst Church have kindly lent us their skills in video production and we are very excited to be able to present this video to our sponsors at the launch - among a few other surprises," Ms Cooper said.
"Due to the large numbers in the 5km run, we have added a 5km walk to the list of events offered and moved the starting line to limit congestion in these events.
"It is always the priority of the Ipswich Hospital Foundation and Park2Park steering committee that we improve the Park2Park experience with each year it runs."
Fun to run
- The Park2Park is on July 28.
- To register go to park2park.com.au
- Runners can participate in a 5km walk or run, 10km run or half marathon.