Maria Becis from Heathwood, Qld is an avid runner and through her love of the sport, has started a charity with her husband Tony whereby she can organise and host fun runs to raise money. Image – Supplied.
By Kate Dzienis
There’s a new fun run hitting Brisbane next month, and with a family friendly course that caters to four distances, a small team of race organisers are encouraging runners and walkers alike to join in.
Brisbane’s Great South Run will be held on April 10 with start and end points at Col Bennett Park in Algester (Qld), and while more serious runners can take on the half marathon or 10k, families can jog or walk in the 5k while children have an option to enter the kids 2.5k race.
According to race organiser Maria Becis, the Great South Run will be a very fast, flat and shady course along Paradise Road and with entertainment galore, monies raised will go to two charities – RizeUp and Women’s Legal Service.
Becis, who with husband Tony came up with the idea for the event, started charity group Run 4 Kids, which organises and hosts fun runs as well as virtual runs to raise money for a variety of not-for-profits.
She said the Great South Run was her charity’s fourth official event, and registrations were gaining momentum.
“Tony and I take absolutely no money from the proceeds of these runs,” she explained.
“Everything goes directly back into the community, into charity groups, and because we’re runners, we really wanted to incorporate our love for the sport with giving back.
“We’re looking at hopefully having up to 1,000 participants and so far we’re almost halfway there.”
The couple has been organising everything out of their own backyard, so to speak, not only working full time as accountants and being the parents to two young children, but liaising with sponsors, government groups and a variety of stakeholders in their spare time to get the fun run off the ground.
And where they can save on external costs, they will.
‘Tony will be doing all the official time keeping himself, he’s taught himself how to use the equipment and the technology so that we don’t have to pay a company to do it,” Becis explained.
“It took him two to three weeks of intense training to work out the program, and we’re going to be saving about $6000 thanks to his commitment.”
Participants will receive an event singlet, race number with timing tag and a bag of goodies when they sign up.
There will be bling to take home and show off to your friends and family.
To register for the Great South Run click here.