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Race the roo returns

Runners of all abilities encouraged to try their luck at community event that combines endurance with speed.

Fitness enthusiasts, seasoned runners, rookies and social shufflers – it’s time to get stretching and lace up the shoes because a community run unlike any other is just around the corner.

Now in its fourth year, one of the Coast’s favourite running events – where participants race a kangaroo – is back.

Taking place at Skippy Park, Landsborough on July 30, the aim of Race the Roo is simple – to outrun a roo for as many 1.1 kilometre laps as possible.

Beginning the first lap at a steady speed, the roo will quicken the pace at each lap after a one-minute break.

Caloundra Triathlon Club hosts the event each year and race organiser Carlee Driscoll says runners of all abilities can take part in the event.

“Anyone who can jog a kilometre will outpace the roo for a couple of laps,” she says.

“We’ve noticed in previous years that most runners, especially parkrunners, completed longer distances than they would normally run because of the rest time between each lap.”

Ms Driscoll says runners who want to go for gold and complete the eventual last lap will have to have both speed and endurance.

“Winners in previous years have managed 26 laps, which is almost 30 kilometres of running, having to hit some super speeds in the final laps to stay ahead,” she says.

This year the winning male and female will each take home $250 in prize money.

A free training program will be available for download for runners to prepare themselves for the race.

Family, friends and spectators are welcome to come along on the day, with coffee and food vans available.

Early bird registrations are open until June 30, with general registrations open right up until the event. The race will begin at 8am.

Visit racetheroo.com to register.

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