Emily Donker

Emily Donker

Q: What do you like about running?
 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 by the fantastic community support from the local community, council, businesses and all the event sponsors. In 2018 I ran the half marathon and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, so I was very pleased to be back again this year (in 2019), although this time I ran the 8km. The atmosphere surrounding this event is very inclusive. There are other distances on offer, including a Corporate 5km teams’ event, and Kid’s event, which encourages everyone; friends, family and colleagues to get involved. The finish line support is wonderful, regardless of how far you’ve run.

The Mackay Marina Run is exceptionally well organised and offers the perfect lead in race for Gold Coast Marathon, with almost identical conditions and a very flat, one-lap half marathon course. Put the Mackay Marina Run on your calendar for 2020. For Mackay locals, it’s the perfect opportunity to support your community, and for those traveling, it’s a great chance to explore Mackay and escape the beginnings of winter. I hope to make it up again next year. I have had such fantastic experiences both times I’ve run this event and would love to be back!

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