June 5th 2022

Testimonials

Julie Whibley

Julie says ‘just turn up to running, and let the magic happen’. Q: Tell us what you like about running? A: It’s the best way to relax the body and mind. Q: Would you recommend running, and if yes, why? …

Tahnie Malagueno

Tahnie shares her love of hitting the trails on the weekend with mates, and having a good laugh. Q: Tell us what you like about running? A: Running sorts out the mess in my head each day - it releases …

Emma Johnson

Emma loves running and shares how she stays motivated. Q: What do you like about Running? A: I like the running community. No matter how fast or how far you can run, everyone will always cheer you on and push …

Imogen Allen

Imogen runs every chance she gets, find out why in our Q & A with 12-year-old Imogen.   Q: Tell us what you like about running? A: I love the way it makes me feel free and that you can …

Teresa Hackney

Teresa has proved you can start running at any age and still reap the benefits.   Q: Tell us what you like about running? A: I love running for many reasons; it keeps me fit, I meet some wonderful likeminded …

Cassie Stevenson

Cassie shares her story of Run Larapinta, The Mastermyne way. At Mastermyne we are always striving to KEEP Challenging, KEEP it Real, Keep Together, Keep On & Keep Safe. In 2019, three of our work colleagues took the challenge to …

Melissa & Greame Harris

Mel and Greame Harris share their motivation for doing what they do, along with some handy race prep tips
in our Q & A.

Q: Tell us what you like about running?

Mel – I love the freedom running offers.  If you have comfy clothes, a running bra and running shoes, no matter where you are, you can go for a run.

G – It clears my head.  If I’ve had a big day at work or bad day, I can shut the world out and just run. I have found it the best thing for your mental health.

Anna O’Neill

Anna loves running.  Find out how she made new running friends when moving to Mackay and why running is the best hangover cure in Q & A with Anna O’Neill.

Q: Tell us what you like about running.

A: I love the feeling of finishing a run. As hard as it is to get out of bed at 5 in the morning, by 6.30 you have already achieved something for the day. I have never regretted going for a run.

Emily Dalglish

Emily shares the sense of achievement she gets from running and seeing friendly faces out running around Mackay. Q & A with Emily Dalglish.

Q: Tell us what you like about running?

A: I like to run as it contributes to the way I approach life. During and after a run, I feel strong, confident, and most importantly happy! My happiness when running, comes from the wonderful community that I train with, pursuing goals and I love pushing my limits.

Alice Gordon & Katie Murphy

Throwback to 2017 – Alice Gordon & Katie Murphy. Sisters Alice and Katie talk about what a wonderful experience the half marathon was. “The 2017 Mackay Marina run is one of the most memorable experiences we will probably ever participate in.”

Paul McKenzie

Local runner Paul McKenzie aims to be one of the few ten-year competitors in 2018. He talks about what the annual event means to him. “The Mackay Marina Run is one of the best running events to accomplish every year. …

Louis McAfee

Louis McAfee from Brisbane smashed the 8 km record. “I really enjoyed the hospitality at the Mackay Marina Run. The close local community added a relief to an otherwise tough race. Seeing where Australia’s best female distance runner, Benita Willis, …

Matt Stevens

Matt Stevens from major sponsor BMA describes his experience. “I hadn’t run a half marathon for years but I heard about the Mackay Marina Run from working with BMA. The event was advertised internally and BMA really encouraged workers to …

Michael Galea

“I ran my first Marina Run five years ago and love it that much that I have run every year since. It’s a well-organised event with a great atmosphere and views to match. I highly recommend this event to anyone …

Peter Run

Peter Run from Brisbane, first in the half marathon. “I didn’t know what to expect when I entered the Mackay Marina Half Marathon, but everything turned out great. The event had an arrangement with the Ibis Hotel where my race …

Elliarna Mitchell

Elliarna Mitchell smoked the field to win the 5km fun run. “I really enjoy travelling to Mackay each year for the Mackay Marina Run. It’s always such a fun day with heaps of atmosphere and plenty of running buddies to …

Martine Miller

“What a perfect start to a Sunday. The event was well organised and run smoothly, from the ease of picking up the race packs, to the races running on time, plus the fruit and water was a welcomed sight at …

Lisa Fraser

Lisa Fraser from Charters Towers posted a tidy time in the half marathon placing 4th female. “For me, the Marina Half is my favourite half marathon. I love the loop around the river and connecting with like-minded runners. It is …

Jen Smith

From the very first Mackay Marina Run, Jenny Smith has been there. Flash back to Jen’s 2018 testimonial to find out why she does what she does.

Meleah Bickley

Q: What distance will you be doing in the Mackay Marina Run and is it your first time running in the event? A: I have registered for the 8km, this will be my 5th Mackay Marina Run. My first was …

James Wortley

Q: What distance will you be doing in the Mackay Marina Run and is it your first time running in the event? A: Half Marathon which is my third. Q: How did you get into running? A: In 2004 I …

Cathy Harrington

Q: What distance will you be doing in the BMA Mackay Marina Run and is it your first time running in the event? A: 5km Corporate Challenge. I have participated in the BMA Mackay Marina Run every year since 2009 …

Elspeth Ledwy

Q: What distance are you be doing in the BMA Mackay Marina Run and is it your first time running in the event? A: Half marathon. It will be my second time doing this distance at the Mackay Marina Run, …

Gavan Porter

Q: What distance are you be doing in the BMA Mackay Marina Run and is it your first time running in the event? A: I am doing my first ever BMA Mackay Marina Run as the half marathon. I didn’t …

Andy List

Q: What distance are you doing in the BMA Mackay Marina Run and is it your first time running in the event? A: I will be running the Half Marathon. I’m going to be running as a pace runner for …

Jen Harmer & Di Clulee

In 2018, Jen & Di were first time pacers in the BMA Mackay Marina half marathon event Jen & Di meet at LRC Running Club and both started running, let’s just say, a little later in life. We both had …

Ainslie Heinke

Q: What do you like about running? A: The Mackay Marina Run will always be on my race schedule. It is a well-organized event and it is a fast, flat course that will see you chasing a new PB. I …

Joe Grech

Q: What specifically do you like about running? A: As crazy as it may sound I actually enjoy the serenity of the sport. It gets my mind to focus on all the beautiful things in life which either gets me …

Michelle Lowe & Kerry Watkin

Q: Why did you decide to nominate for the Mackay Marina Run? A: To get involved with the community and my work colleagues Q: Will you be running on your own or part of a Corporate Team? A: Corporate team …

Tegan Philpott

Flashback with Tegan Philpott. Tegan loves running. Find out what keeps her running and why her friends love running with her too.

Jason McCord

Q: What do you like about running? A: What I like about running is the thinking time you get whilst running helps clear the mind. Benefits from running for me include more energy for the every day grind of life. …

Lynn Treis

Q: What specifically do you like about running? A: Firstly, I love that I can slip on a pair of shoes and be able to run anywhere in the world. There is no expense, and anyone can do it; you …

Ricky Parker

Q: What specifically do you like about running? A: There are many reasons I like to run, but primarily because it makes me feel good. Q: What benefits do you get from running? A: It keeps me fit & healthy. …

Jason Hodder

Q: What do you like about running? A: Getting outdoors with like-minded runners. Q: Would you recommend running and why? A:Running is really great for fitness, health and wellbeing. Q: What distance did you do in the BMA Mackay Marina …

Robyn Lamont

Q: What do you like about running? A: What is there not to like. I am a wife, mother and now a grandmother to a wonderful little man, as well as holding down a demanding full-time job. When I am …

Emily Donker

Q: What do you like about running? A: I’ve been fortunate to participate in the Mackay Marina Run for the past two years, and both experiences have been amazing. I travelled up from Brisbane to compete and was blown away …

David Reitano

Q: What do you like about running? A: 2019 was my first time entering the BMA Mackay Marina Run. I was invited (peer pressured) by co workers to join our team for the 5KM corporate challenge. I was hesitant at …

Ashlee Scott

Q: What do you like about running? A: Personally, I enjoy running because of the mental benefits it provides. No matter what the day brings, running always leaves a sense of clarity and reassurance that everything is manageable. Overall, running …

Shane Dodds

Q: What do you like about running? A: Since I started running about 18 months ago, I have found a love for the sport. I have met so many awesome people through running and find it’s a great way to …