THE annual Park2Park fun run will celebrate its 10-year anniversary on Sunday.

The event, held at Limestone Park, raises funds for the Ipswich Hospital Foundation.

Rob Richards and Dennis Keller are both 10-year members of Park2Park and plan to again have entered the half-marathon.

"It's a great local event, really well organised and I just enjoy it every year," Mr Richards said.

"I just love it, it's a great run and it's good to be part of a community event."

Mr Keller said: "The Park2Park is the only local middle distance run in Ipswich and it's close enough that you can train on the course.

"It's good for spectators, you go through laps and people are cheering, it's a really good support."

Organiser Ashton Cooper hopes for record entries this year and to beat the $10,000 total raised last year.

"Park2Park started 10 years ago to help Ipswich reach to goal of being a healthier community," she said.


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"We are hoping for 2500 entrants this year, last year we had just over 2000 so we're hoping to improve on that."

The fun run is designed to suit competitive runners with the half-marathon, 10km, 5km run events as well as those simply wishing to participate with the 5km walk and 1km family challenge events.

Current record holders for the half-marathon include Patrick Nyangelo with a time of 1 hour 8minutes and 53 seconds and Cassie Fien who completed the 21.1km course in just 1hour 13 minutes and 43 seconds.

At the end of the race there will be food and beverage stalls for the deserving participants as well as a presentation ceremony, health and fitness vendors and demonstrations from Jamie's Ministry of Food.

"We are also going to have a big cake at the end to celebrate the 10-year anniversary, everything in moderation of course," Ms Cooper said.

Mayor Paul Pisasale said the event provided an opportunity for families, friends and work colleagues to join together and enjoy the fun run.

"Is a fantastic cause and it is tremendous to see more and more people taking part every year," Cr Pisasale said.

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