Grafton athlete ready to run

KERRY Priest is one of the first entries from Grafton in this year's Gold Coast Airport Marathon to be held on Saturday and Sunday July 2 and 3.

The 51-year-old will travel to the Gold Coast for the eighth consecutive year to compete in the Southern Cross University 10km run.

Priest challenged herself to her first half marathon at the event in 2010 but nerve problems in her feet have restricted her to training for a shorter run this year.

She runs up to seven kilometres at least four times a week with a running group and has competed in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Priest said travelling with friends and family to the Gold Coast Airport Marathon had become a tradition.

“There are usually about 30 of us from Grafton who'll go up for it and compete in various events,” she said.

“My two daughters will do the same race as me so it's been nice to train together.”

Staged annually on the first weekend in July, the 33rd Gold Coast Airport Marathon is set to motivate and challenge more than 25,000 runners from all over Australia and the world.

It will feature an event for all ages and abilities, including the 42.195km Gold Coast Airport Marathon, ASICS Half Marathon, Wheelchair Half Marathon, Southern Cross University 10km Run, Queensland Health 5km Challenge and Junior Dash 4km and 2km races.

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