It was another successful event for the Gold Coast Recreation & Sport Inc. (GCRS) “Roadrunners” as they took to the Coolangatta foreshore to compete in this year’s GC50 Run Festival. Contending with soaring heat, humid conditions and 1000+ competitors, five of our star athletes pushed themselves to their absolute limit in order to complete the gruelling and challenging 12km course.
Not only did they complete the course, but they all did it in VERY competitive times. Several of the athletes set new Personal Bests, with one shaving close to 10 minutes off his time (Zach Kimber – 1:00:42) and the other cracking the 1 Hour Bracket for the first time (Adam Williams – 58:23). Vivian Ritchie and Jackson Ross also competed strongly and were as consistent as ever.
This event was extra special as it marked the inauguration of our first ever 321 Athlete. Gus Prime donned the number 321 on his race bib with pride, demonstrating extreme determination and strong willpower in order to reach the finish line. The number 321 provides an opportunity to develop community awareness of Down syndrome, with 95% of people with Down syndrome having three copies of chromosome 21 instead of two. GC50 Run Festival supported this global initiative for an athlete with Down Syndrome to participate, celebrating inclusion and everything that the number 321 represents.
With this event in the rear-view mirror, we now turn our attention to the Tasmania “Cadbury” Marathon. The group are back training hard in preparation for the trip, with 5 runners set to travel down South in January, 2024 to compete in the Half and Full Marathons.
The Gold Coast Rec and Sport “Roadrunners” are a group of enthusiastic, passionate and sociable young adults who share a love for running and a desire to be fit and active. The group is made up of inclusive athletes who train together on a weekly basis and compete in numerous events throughout the year such as the Gold Coast Marathon, Bridge 2 Brisbane and GC50. All abilities are welcome and the group is always looking for new members to get involved and take advantage of the many social, physical and mental benefits that running provides.
If you would like some more information on the group and upcoming events then please contact Daniel Ramage via email at [email protected] or via phone on 5531 3312.