A Queensland downpour couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the Mossman and surrounding community for the first 2012 Deadly Fun Run held over the weekend. Over 40 runners toed the start line, and a dozen walkers not far behind in the fun run that bought the community together. Participants drove over a 100km’s to be there on event day, with the promise of a free trip to Uluru for the community championships spurring on their attendance.
Mossman’s Indigenous elder Raymond Baucannon led the way by proudly participating and proved that running is accessible to all ages and abilities, including one 79 year old woman who was the eldest competitor. The hilly 3.5K course saw many talented runners in the making with 15 year old Mitchell Brim from Kuranda taking out overall first place, and the 1st junior boy. With only 2 seconds between them 16 year old Kris Verevis raced home in second place. These two will surely be fighting for the points in the coming fun runs to secure their spot at the Championships in July. Third place and first senior male Alex Bendle finished in 16 minutes 18 seconds.
Lead female and local Mossman woman Julie Salam won convincingly in 20 minutes flat. A special mention must go to 8 year old Erin Brown who was the 2nd female to cross the line.
The next Mossman Deadly Fun Run will be held on Sunday 1st of April. Please contact Nadine Hunt for more information or ways to help (02) 6260 5750 / firstname.lastname@example.org
ABC’s DreamBox Leandro Palacio was there on the day, check out his story and photos on http://open.abc.net.au/posts/rainforest-dreaming-29aj9la