STEP TO IT: Tim Henriksen, Olivia Wright, Paige Pollock and Jackson Wright prepare for Park2Park.
STEP TO IT: Tim Henriksen, Olivia Wright, Paige Pollock and Jackson Wright prepare for Park2Park. Rob Williams

Park2Park numbers off and running

THE hills are calling and Ipswich runners are lacing up their shoes ready to take on the city's premier fun run the Park2Park again next month.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the event run by the Ipswich Hospital Foundation hopes to break its participation record and hit the 2500 mark.

Registrations are open with 750 runners already signed up for the July 27 event.

The IHF officially launched the run this week and race director Chris Gale said the course, known for its challenging hills and reward for effort, has remained the same.

Mr Gale said Park2Park was rated by experts as among the toughest in south-east Queensland, second only to Mt Coot-tha's Sky Run. But, the challenge is seen as an attraction to runners who trek up the slopes of Griffith Rd and Queens Park each year.

"I've got a couple of friends that train with me that hate the run but still do it because it's a challenge and that's what they love about it," he said.

Olivia Wright is hitting the start line for the third year in a row and said each year was tough - but each year she has returned determined to better her time in the 5km run.

"It's pretty horrible, but I think last year wasn't as bad because I built it up in mind as being so horrible. But it's definitely an achievement when you finish," she said.

"There are a whole lot of hills that you don't think are that bad when you are driving up them."

She hopes to crack the 27 minute mark this time around.

Ipswich Park2Park event organiser, Ashton Cooper said she was excited to present the 2014 Ipswich Park2Park.

"The last nine years of Ipswich Park2Park have been host to world-class participants, changing fashions, ice cold mornings and a range of participants achieving personal goals.

"Ipswich Park2Park supports the work of the Ipswich Hospital Foundation, and participation and support of this event assists us in raising money and awareness for the health of the Ipswich community."

To register, go to park2park.com.au



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