Kids run home winners in junior marathon

9 Jul

Junior Dash Landscape

By Elouise Hill, Bond University Journalism Student

Two record-holding children won first place in the Junior Dash race events at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon last weekend.

Eight-year-old Imogen Stewart, who is the world record holder for 1500 metre and 800 metre in her age group, won the 2km dash and placed second overall in the race.

The young athlete said the hardest part of competing is the last few metres before the finish line.

“When you’ve got 250 metres to go, you’ve got to push yourself to get there,” said Imogen.

Brisbane’s Katrina Robinson, who took out first place in the 4km dash, won the event last year and holds the record times for 2km event in 2010 and 2011

The 13-year-old said she was exhausted but still very happy with her results.

“It’s hard towards the end because you don’t know how far you’ve got to go,” said Katrina.

“The best feeling is crossing the line, because that means it’s finally over.”

Rachael Poeppmann, general manager of Marketing &  Events Management Queensland, said the Junior Dash events at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon have the highest participation numbers in Australia.

“It’s amazing how many kids get involved,” said Ms Poeppmann.

The 2014 Junior Dash events had 1700 participants, with 1087 in the 2km race and 613 in the 4km race.

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