Lismore athlete eyes Coast run

KAREN Phillips has been competing at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon for more than 10 years and she does not look like stopping anytime soon.

The 48-year-old Lismore runner will contest the Southern Cross University 10km Run at this year's event to be held on the weekend of July 2 and 3.

Phillips, who is also a competitive futsal and soccer player, said the Gold Coast Airport Marathon was the only running event she participated in.

“I just love the flat Gold Coast course, and the atmosphere and scenery as you're running alongside the beach is lovely,” she said.

Although she is not chasing any records, Phillips said she had increased her training in the lead-up to the event.

“I run six to seven kilometres with my dog every morning all year round but I always step up my distances closer to race weekend,” she said.

“I really feel the difference in that last couple of kilometres when I go for my 10km runs but I'm feeling good and I'll be happy if I can just finish the race in under one hour.”

Entries for the Gold Coast Airport Marathon will remain open until Friday, July 1 at www.goldcoastmarathon.com.au.

Staged annually on the first weekend in July, the 33rd Gold Coast Airport Marathon is set to motivate and challenge more than 25,000 runners from all over Australia and the world.

It offers events for all ages and abilities, including the internationally renowned 42.195km marathon, half marathon, wheelchair half marathon, 10km run and 5km challenge while the junior athletes can take part in the 4km and 2km races.

Organisers are hopeful the event will lend weight to the Gold Coast's bid to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games.



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