The annual Cherbourg fun run is on Saturday.
The annual Cherbourg fun run is on Saturday. Katherine Morris

Cherbourg ready for annual reconciliation fun run

FUN RUN: Walkers and runners in the South Burnett are getting ready to take part in the Cherbourg reconciliation fun run on this Sunday, May 20.

It is the only fun run in Queensland during reconciliation week and in its fifth year the event is hoping to raise more funds in support of the Cherbourg Ration Shed.

It is set to be an event the whole family can enjoy with three distances on offer for runners to challenge themselves.

The 7km and 10km events will start at 8am at the Murgon Showgrounds and runners will make their way to Cherbourg.

The 3km event will start at Memorial Park in Cherbourg at 9.30am.

This year the fun run will have electronic timing and medals will be presented to the top place getters in each category.

Organisers are hoping the longer distances attract runners who are looking to test their limits and achieve personal bests, while also keeping the family-friendly atmosphere the event is known for.

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 20-kilometre walking competitor Beki Smith will be there on the day to encourage runners and walkers to the finish line.

Australian indigenous long jumper Robert Crowther will also be in Cherbourg for the event on the day.

Athletes and volunteers will be in the running to win a random draw prize with major prizes including an Aboriginal painting and a two-night getaway for two adults at Kingfisher Bay Resort.

In 2017 a record number of runners took part, with up to 500 people on course and organisers are hoping more people will get involved this year in support of the ration shed.

Once runners have crossed the finish line, there will be entertainment and food and market stalls to be enjoyed.

Those wishing to take part are encouraged to register online at www.rationshedfunrun.com by Friday, May 18.

Runners can register up until 7.30am on Sunday, 30 minutes before the start of the race but late entries will not receive a timing chip, and therefore their race will not be timed.

Proceeds from the day will go towards Cherbourg's Ration Shed Museum and the run is supported by the Indigenous Marathon Foundation.

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