Running for a cause

Published 9:00am 22 May 2023

Running for a cause
Words by Jodie Powell

Jetty 2 Jetty ambassador David Trahair is looking forward to this year’s event and will use it as an unusual celebration for his 50th birthday.

David, who manages the Pace at Sleeman fitness centre, is planning to take part in the event with 50 of his friends.

This year’s event on, Sunday, July 16, will be his 18th Jetty 2 Jetty since 2001 and holds particular significance for the father of one.

“In April 2013 I fainted and hit my head on the kitchen tiles,” David says.

“I had six skull fractures and was in hospital for three weeks – I still have balance problems and hearing loss in one ear.

“Running and getting back into fitness was one of the things I looked forward to.

“On July 21 (2013) I celebrated my 40th birthday by running the 10km Jetty 2 Jetty Fun Run with 40 friends and running mates.”

Marathon milestone

Running for a cause

This year’s Jetty 2 Jetty will mark David’s 33rd half-marathon and he’s looking forward to strapping on his running shoes to take on the picturesque course.

|“Jetty 2 Jetty is definitely my favourite run,” he says.|

“I’ve done it 18 times – 15 in the 10km and three in the half-marathon.

“I love the scenery and I love that there’s enough people for it to be competitive and a spectacle, but not so crowded that it affects your speed.

“It’s always well organised, even down to the cleanliness of the porta-loos and it’s good value for money.

“I keep all my singlets for posterity and for my 40th birthday party I used them for decoration rather than balloons” he laughs.

Up for a challenge

One of the founders of the Warwick Pentathrun, consisting of five races over two days which add up to a full marathon distance, David says he loves setting challenges for himself and others and plans to take part in his 23rd Bridge to Brisbane event later in the year.

“This year I’ve set the Hero Five Zero challenge, which is a 50-day challenge getting people to do 150km in 50 days, as well as a 5km time trial and an organised fun run like Jetty 2 Jetty.

“I put it together to encourage participation in Jetty 2 Jetty and we’ll run under the name Pace - Hero Five Zero.

“I’m doing the 21km in Jetty 2 Jetty this year and I’m training three days a week, doing about 35km.

“I’ve done hundreds of different runs and this is one not to miss.”

The Jetty 2 Jetty Fun Run is proudly presented by Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism (MBRIT) and Moreton Bay Road Runners.

It is supported by Strategic Partner Moreton Bay Regional Council and Event Partner It’s Live Queensland, and sponsored by Rebel, Kindred, Moreton Daily, Planet Fitness, Ausbuild, Sesame Lane, Grand Prix Mazda Caboolture and TAFE Queensland (RTO: 0275).

For more information and to register click here.

Official charity partner

A Brave Life is the Jetty2Jetty charity partner for 2023.

Every year the event nominates a charity to support, raising funds through race registration and encouraging additional fundraising.

A Brave Life equips and empowers young mums facing challenges such as domestic violence, poverty, trauma, relationship or family breakdown, unplanned pregnancy and homelessness.

Funds raised through Jetty 2 Jetty will help A Brave Life provide free baby bundles to young mothers, and deliver mentoring and life skills programs and Dare to Dream Big workshops.

Each bundle, consisting of a bag filled with new products, is designed for a mother to arrive at hospital with all the essentials for her newborn.

Find out more here.

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