WITH the first week of the 12-week Kick the Kilos challenge done and dusted, it should come as no surprise Gympie runners are an extremely competitive bunch.
More than 1000km have been racked up in just seven days, with the extraordinary effort taking Gympie to the top of the per capita leaderboard.
"I definitely want Gympie to win, I love the competition,” runner Melissa Brown says.
Despite having an active lifestyle and participating in sports throughout the year, the campaign inspired her to get a headstart on improving her health for next year's season.
"I'm walking five days a week now, and I'm averaging about five-and-a-half kilometres a day,” she says.
"I've been going with a friend I used to run with regularly, and we're hoping to work up to 10km a day like we used to.”
Melissa is getting up at 5am every morning and credits the sense of community for getting out and moving.
"The Strava app messaged me and said someone I knew was following my progress, so I got up right away and got walking,” she says.
"It's done wonders for my physical and mental health - I've got so much more energy during the day.”
There's still plenty of time left to join up the challenge and kick those kilos.