Celebrating 10 years of Southern Cross University 10km Run at Gold Coast Marathon

Published in the June-July 2017 issue

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Team SCU was in full force for the Gold Coast Airport Marathon over the first weekend in July, with more than 150 staff, students, alumni and friends donning blue and gold to take on each of the seven events.

When Vice Chancellor Professor Adam Shoemaker fired the Gold Coast Airport Marathon starting pistol for the Southern Cross University 10km Run, the University proudly celebrated 10 years of sponsoring the iconic event.

Team SCU’s first 10km Run female Kirra Stedman with VC Professor Adam Shoemaker

It was the first time Professor Shoemaker had the honour of welcoming more than 25,000 participants and tens of thousands of spectators with a bang.

After a quick outfit change, the Vice Chancellor took on the 5.7km Challenge alongside Southern Cross University Pro Vice Chancellor (Engagement) Ben Roche.

“Mental and physical fitness are the hallmarks of what we do at Southern Cross. What better way is there to demonstrate that fact than in this fantastic event,” Professor Shoemaker said.

Masters graduate Brian Fuller became Team SCU’s fastest marathon runner for the second year in a row, after finishing in the top 50 runners both times.

He crossed the Marathon line to the cheers of his wife Isla and baby son Charlie.

“It was such a good day with perfect weather conditions – you couldn’t ask for better conditions or a more beautiful track,” he said.

“The event is supported really well with a lot of people on the course, and you get to run basically the whole strip of the Gold Coast.”

Team SCU runners were treated to breakfast and sports massages in the support tent after their race.

“It’s great to have that support which really adds to the experience, and helps with the emotions of running a marathon. Everyone in Team SCU did really well,” Brian said.

Southern Cross University Sport and Recreation Officer Dave Graham said it was fitting Southern Cross University sponsored the first event of the weekend.

“Ours is the Gold Coast’s only beachside campus right next to the Gold Coast Airport.

“We had a great weekend with a really nice team atmosphere and great results from runners such as Brian Fuller,” he said.

First-time event runner and MBA student Micael Baguio from the Philippines said she was using her role as a Mayor’s Student Ambassador to experience the best the Gold Coast had to offer.

“I was inspired by my eldest brother, who is a triathlete in Singapore to compete in the Southern Cross University 10km Run – he always pushes me to be more active and fit,” she said.

While many of the event’s 3000 international visitors were lapping up the winter sunshine, Micael said it has taken her a long time to get used to the ‘colder climate’ compared to the Philippines.

“The Gold Coast is one of the most beautiful places you could host a running event and the people who live here really prioritise healthy living with fun and adventure, so for me I really wanted to work towards this for my health and to prove I can do anything I put my mind to, which includes achieving a healthy lifestyle.”

Staff from a Lismore campus running group, which trains at picturesque locations from Evans Head in the south to Lennox Head in the north, joined forces with Team SCU on the Sunday.

Cheekily named ‘We Thought They Said Rum’, the social running group competed for the third time at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon in the half marathon event after previously tackling the Southern Cross University 10km Run.

“We all use the Strava app to log our times and compete against one another in the lead up to big events,” said the running group’s founder David Duverge from Technology Services.

“In three years the group has grown from six members to more than 20 and we enjoy showing off our medals we collect throughout the year – because who doesn’t love a medal?”

Competitors from 45 countries took part in seven races across the weekend which were broadcast to more than 850 million homes in 129 countries.

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