Testing Tassie taunts tenacity as Bravehearts 777 Marathon runners hit Hobart
It was sub-zero degrees and snow-capped backdrops on Day 4 of the arduous Bravehearts 777 as the 10 runners tackled yet another 42km marathon in Tassie today.
Having already run successive marathons in Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne, the group will today pass the half-way mark on a course that dots the Tasman Highway starting and finishing at Hobart Cenotaph.
Canberra, Kingscliff and Gold Coast will host the remaining marathons throughout the week to raise funds and awareness for national child protection advocate Bravehearts to educate and protect Aussie kids.
Bravehearts lion mascot Ditto – the star of Bravehearts personal safety education program for school children ‘Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure’ – was also trackside in Tassie to inspire runners.
Simon Cheel, Ian Richards and Ben Robinson finished day 4 in under four hours.
Ironman legend and mentor Guy Andrews was trackside to help competitors through the gruelling challenge.
“It was that cold outside that the group wanted to start the run in the van on the way to the course,” he says.
“Despite the cold, wind and the rain, they’re all in good spirits and the local community has showed up in support. We’re across the halfway point after today with Canberra, Kingscliff and the Gold Coast in our sights.”
Bravehearts Founder and CEO Hetty Johnston says the event brings people together who are passionate about making a real difference in the community.
"Child protection is everybody's business and among the amazing people running in the 777 will be mums and dads, an outback Queensland mayor, a police officer, a teacher and survivors," she says.
"This incredible challenge is generating funds to help those vulnerable children who are enduring their own personal marathons. We want to reach as many kids as we can with our personal safety program 'Ditto's Keep Safe Adventure' and provide specialist counselling services for survivors."
More than 50 individual marathon competitors will join the 777 big guns across each event.
Competitors in the Bravehearts 777 (pictured below) include: Simon Cheel (VIC); Ian Harvey (QLD); Danielle McLaren (VIC); Dave McNab (QLD); Linda McNab (QLD); Ian Richards (NSW); Ben Robinson (VIC); Tammy Robinson (VIC); Russell Odgers (NSW) and Belinda Murphy (QLD).