MAIDENWELL MARATHON: Geoff French gets set, and ready to go ahead of this year's event. Photo Kate Darvall/ South Burnett Times
MAIDENWELL MARATHON: Geoff French gets set, and ready to go ahead of this year's event. Photo Kate Darvall/ South Burnett Times Kate Darvall

Get ready, get set, run Maidenwell

GEOFF French didn't know what to expect when he drove up the range towards last year's inaugural Maidenwell Marathon.

"We were really afraid going up there because there are some very big hills," Mr French said.

"And we thought we'd be running up that bloody waterfall.

"We didn't know what we were in for."

But when they arrived at the event gates, Mr French said his mind was at ease.

"It was a very pretty spot," he said.

The Nanango-based fitness instructor said he couldn't be more thrilled the event came to the South Burnett.

"Gym classes all the time are very similar, and this event just offers different scenery," he said.

"The outdoors can't get much better can they; you have the heaven and the earth right there."

The fitness instructor said he took his gym group to the event last year, and they ran the 5km event together.

He said the whole team thrived on the upbeat atmosphere on the day.

"I was running with the group and got about a quarter of the way and I just couldn't help myself," he said.

"I said 'here hold my bunny ears' and I took off, I really had a go at it."

As he ran at the Easter Day event with bunny ears on his head, he said he knew the event was just the start of something special for the region.

Mr French said it was not just for marathon runners, in fact a far cry from it.

He said it was simply a social day out.

"We enjoy our fitness but we're not fanatical over it," he said.

"It's a great day to have a bit of a morning jog, and a barbeque afterwards."

To learn more about the Maidenwell Marathon, or register for the event, visit www.runmaidenwell.com.

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