The team at Healthfocus is once again very excited to be a sponsor of the Fed Hill Challenge. Being held on Sunday 4 September at 9am, this event has something for everyone in the community. Having both 5 and 10km distances and the 2km Primary school event, it caters for the serious and not so serious runners and walkers alike.
So what motivates people to front up at the start line on a Sunday morning when the temptation to lie in bed can be fairly strong? For the dedicated runner, the chance of succeeding and finishing in a podium position is the goal of competition. For many like myself, running in itself and the satisfaction it brings is all that is needed to tie up the running shoes and gather at the start line. Many will be entering a fun run for the first time, determined to complete a distance they have never achieved previously. This group goes on faith that they can dig deep enough to push themselves over the finish line no matter what.
While I am sure lots of participants will be there just to be with friends, family and community, there is so much more to gain from an event like this. The health benefits of walking or running distance are well known. From keeping your heart and lungs healthy, managing chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure as well as maintaining and achieving healthy weight, there are few people who wouldn’t benefit from being at the start line at Willow Park.
One of the best things about being part of an event like this is the great mood and camaraderie that happens. I have participated in a run where I’ve missed the cut off finish time by 3 minutes and still been cheered on as I crossed the finish line. I still felt like a winner despite having the dreaded DNF (did not finish) after my name.
The Rio Olympics women’s 5000m heat was a perfect example of sportsmanship and participation on the worldwide forum. Everyone watching US runner Abbey D’Agostino and NZ runner Nikki Hamblin fall in the early part of the race would have felt for the 2 women who have trained long and hard to make it to the Olympics. But it was what happened next that made the world smile. Picking each other up, they continued on with their race although upset. When D’Agostino faltered again, Hamblin came to her side again and both made it over the finish line behind the rest of the runners. Their hug afterwards, showed character and pride in each other finishing.
So we hope to see lots of you lining up in a few weeks at Fed Hill. Say hello to the runner or walker next to you, throw a few words of encouragement to those who are struggling and stay on to cheer the back of the pack runners over the line. Everyone is a winner who starts at Fed Hill.
Dr Mandy Hobbs