Getting ready to set out on a training run .... from left, Chris Thamm, Toni Champney and Alexia Back

April 10, 2012

Kingaroy runner Chris Thamm is one of the first South Burnett runners to put up their hands to take part in this year’s Gold Coast Airport Marathon.

The 52-year-old South Burnett resident said she developed her love for running at an early age and in recent years had been able to rekindle the passion and enthusiasm she had for running when she was younger.

“When I had my children, I switched my running routine to a walking routine. However in recent years I have been able to take up running again and I am really enjoying it,” she said.

“After completing a couple of half marathons alongside friends, we wanted to take on the challenge of completing a full marathon.

“The biggest motivation for me is having my friends by my side to train and prepare with. Even if we are not in the same area, knowing they are out running motivates me to put on my running shoes and get out there.”

Chris will be making her marathon debut at this year’s Gold Coast Airport Marathon, which is held on June 30-July 1, and has been training four times a week in preparation. She is hoping to complete the race between 4 hours and 30 minutes and 6 hours and 30 minutes.

Staged annually on the first weekend in July, the Gold Coast Airport Marathon will motivate and challenge more than 25,000 runners from all over Australia and the world.

It features events for all ages and abilities, including the 42.195km Gold Coast Airport Marathon, the ASICS Half Marathon, a Wheelchair Marathon, Southern Cross University 10km Run, Queensland Health 5.7km Challenge and Junior Dash 4km and 2km races.

For more information see the Gold Coast marathon website

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