WARMING UP: Eileen Byers is preparing for next week's Deadly Fun Run in Casino. Photo Samantha Elley / Express Examiner
WARMING UP: Eileen Byers is preparing for next week's Deadly Fun Run in Casino. Photo Samantha Elley / Express Examiner Samantha Elley

Running is a deadly fun affair

AS PART of her training for the New York Marathon, Coombell's Eileen Byers is organising the Deadly Fun Run to be held next Wednesday, June 24.

The mum-of-four said the run was for beginners and experienced runners alike.

"It's to promote and encourage the community to a more active and healthy lifestyle," she said.

"People can run or walk it. Registration is at 10am for a 10.30am start at QE Park."

For those who enter, it will be a 3km walk/run where they will receive participation medals, with other prizes available on the day.

Mick Rees, head coach for the Indigenous Marathon Project, which Ms Byers is involved in, is heading to Casino to help with the run and prepare Eileen for the next leg of her training, the Gold Coast Half Marathon.

"(The Deadly Fun Run) is a very informal event encouraging the local indigenous community to get involved," he said.

"The best part is it is free."

Mr Rees said he has been very impressed with Ms Byers's development as a runner in preparation for her big trip to New York.

"She recently completed the first of four training camps at the Australian Institute of Sport (and) at the completion of that camp Eileen ran the 10km Mother's Day Classic," he said.

"Eileen has no running experience and prior to this year had never participated in a run or running before.

"She is incredibly tough and resilient and extremely passionate about engaging her local indigenous community to leading more active and healthy lifestyles."

The Indigenous Marathon Project annually selects a group of young indigenous men and women to complete the New York City Marathon with just six months of training.

"This highlights the incredible natural talent that exists within this population," Mr Rees said.



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