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Date: Sunday, July 26, 2009

From: Sarah

From Sarah…………..at the Gold Coast Marathon (I only did the 10 km race)

My morning jog on Sunday the 5th of July was somewhat different in contrast to a leisurely run along one of the rocky and dusty tracks on Scenic Hill. Firstly my jog was alongside five-and-a-half thousand other people, and secondly it was through the streets of Surfers Paradise. Despite the coastal location, I had to brave the crisp 10 degree conditions that the Gold Coast put on for the kick-off of the 10 km run at 6.45 am. The gun sounded and all of a sudden Surfers Paradise became ‘Runners Paradise’ with a sea of keen joggers flooding the streets. Highlights of the run included the unique beach views, running on a totally flat track and crossing the line in approx. 44 mins for my first competitive 10 km run. It was also fantastic cheering for the leading marathon runners as they passed once I had finished my race. Here are some embarrassing finish line shots of me on the run.

(editor: Sarah did ask that I not put up all the photos, but I think they are great. As for embarrassing, I think the guy in the yellow shirt has more to be worried about than our Sarah). and, is that Chris O'Neill behind Sarah in the third photo?