Anna Reid will run for two-and-a-half hours non-stop on a treadmill to raise money for the upcoming Kokoda Challenge.
Anna Reid will run for two-and-a-half hours non-stop on a treadmill to raise money for the upcoming Kokoda Challenge. Craig Warhurst

Anna's Kokoda challenge

THE world of business may sometimes seem like a treadmill, even for those whose business is a world of partying.

But Gympie Party World owner Anna Reid will be taking to a real treadmill, as part of her preparations to run in the excruciatingly difficult Gold Coast Kokoda Challenge.

She is in a team of four and they have pledged to raise $1500 for their entry in the charity event, rated probably one of the toughest athletic events in Australia.

"It's an endurance run or walk or whatever you can manage and you have to cover 96km," she said.

"You have to do it in 39 hours.

"Our highest hill is 500m," she said, adding a comparison with Pomona's King of the Mountain event: "Pomona is only about 350m".

But there is more than one hill in this challenge.

"They reckon it's about 10 Pomonas," she said of the trail run, held on bush tracks and fire trails in the Gold Coast Hinterland on the weekend of July 14 and 15.

Today, she will be doing a warm-up demonstration run in an unusual location, Capelli on Duke, where Gympie's Women in Business group is hosting a $65 a head networking lunch from 10.30am.

While watching other people eat, Anna is hoping to cover the equivalent of a half marathon on the treadmill provided by nearby Duke St business, SportsPower.

"I'm hoping for sponsorships," she said, but added that there will be no need to commit to sponsorship at the lunch.

"People can do it online on the Kokoda Challenge website, which is kokodachallenge.com.au.

"Go to Team LMS, which is the name of our team, and follow the link to register as a sponsor."

Importantly it was all for a good cause, honouring the Kokoda legend and raising money to help young people.

Kokoda Challenge was a registered charity and all sponsorships and other donations were tax deductible, a spokesman said.

"I've been training around Gympie's hills and sometimes have walked the Pomona Mountain track, but this will be harder," she said.

Gympie Times


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