Sports Minister Steve Dickson gets physical

Tough Mudder for families? Welcome to the Little Big Dash

LITTLE Big Dash is being billed as the tough mudder event for families.

Kids and their parents from all over Queensland are expected to converge on Brisbane to tackle eight colourful obstacles and a 2km run together.

Sport Minister Steve Dickson, who had a crack at one obstacle set up on the Speaker's Green at Parliament House on Tuesday, said the event was about helping family units bond and ensuring families got physically active outdoors.

"Unashamedly our government wants to get young people fit and healthy because we are impacted by some really serious issues with young people today," he said.

"Obesity is impacting 23% of our young people aged between five and 15 years of age.

"The complications are heart disease, diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease.

"We have to draw a line in the sand, we have to make a difference."

Event ambassador and Olympic gold medal winning swimmer Libby Trickett said she prided herself on "being a massive kid at heart" and she believed her family had been integral in ensuring she lived a fit and healthy life.

"I really think this event will give everyone the opportunity to experience that childlike joy we get from tackling obstacles and having adventures with our family and friends," she said.

The "activity by stealth" event is expected to attract about 3000 dashers to Chermside on October 19

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