Ration Shed Reconciliation Fun Run breaks record
CHERBOURG'S Ration Shed Reconciliation Fun Run broke last year's participation record as more than 500 people took up the challenge.
Competitors gathered at the Murgon Showgrounds and many dressed up for the event which was held to mark Reconciliation Week.
Sean Nicholson was the emcee for the beginning of the event, which offered competitors a choice of a 3km, 5km or 10km route, and was heavily involved in organising the fun run.
He is also the economic and community development manager for the Cherbourg Aboriginal Council which supported the event and worked closely with the Cherbourg Ration Shed team.
Mr Nicholson said he was impressed with the turnout.
"It's amazing to have over 500 people here," he said.
"It's grown each year and will hopefully just keep getting bigger and bigger.
"It's a tremendous event and the perfect day for it. In the past there's been a lot of fog, but not today. We've been treated to a clear sky."
Mr Nicholson led the crowd through their warm-ups for the run.
He had them reaching for the sky, doing jumping jacks, and running on the spot.
For the remaining five minutes before the run, Mr Nicholson put on some music and led the group through the Nutbush dance.
"It should take the runners about 30 minutes to get to Cherbourg and a few hours for the walkers," Mr Nicholson said.
Festivities, speeches, awards, and indigenous dancing rituals were held after the run in Cherbourg.
"We had prizes for dress-ups too - I believe the Jelly Bellies team won that one," Mr Nicholson said.
There were participants who travelled from Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast, and all over Queensland to take part.
"It's a good event for the community to group together and have a good time," Mr Nicholson said.
"Everyone has a chat and it's very friendly.
"It's a very positive event for the Cherbourg community."