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‘Can Toorists’ raise funds for cancer research

There’s still much debate over the origins of pavlova, lamingtons and Pharlap, but there’s no denying that the Queenstown International Marathon is flat out beautiful.

Can Too Foundation participants, including Georgie Quigley of Redfern, in the 2017 Queenstown Marathon. Photo: Supplied

Can Too Foundation participants, including Georgie Quigley of Redfern, in the 2017 Queenstown Marathon. Photo: Supplied

The Woolloomooloo-based Can Too Foundation and Air New Zealand partnered for the event in 2017 and flew 78 Can Too-ers – also known internationally as “Can Toorists” – to Queenstown to run the marathon and half marathon events.

During the 2017 Queenstown program, Can Too Foundation participants raised close to $130,000 for the research, prevention, care and control of cancer.

In 2018, Can Too Foundation are partnering with Air New Zealand again and participants will have the opportunity to hop the ditch and lace on their runners for cancer research!

Georgie Quigley from Redfern joined Can Too Foundation for the Queenstown Marathon training and is encouraging friends and neighbours to give it a shot this year.

“Some people say that we are nuts for running 42kms, Can Too Foundation leads you to say ‘I’m just lucky to be healthy enough to be able to run’. It has given me so much perspective.

“Now I am no morning person, and I definitely enjoy a wine on a Friday night, but I can genuinely say that I was excited to give that up and get up at 5:30am on a Saturday for a ‘long run’. It meant that every week I was achieving new goals running the furthest I had ever run and also found myself surrounded by the most supportive bunch of people I have ever known.

“If you’ve ever thought about running a marathon – do it with Can Too Foundation. It’s nice to know that we are doing our little part to help and that every dollar raised is going to make a difference over 42kms,” said Georgie.

Can Too Foundation professionally trains beginners and the more experienced alike for endurance events in Australia and internationally, including runs ranging from 10km to the full marathon, ocean swims and triathlons. In return Can Too Foundation supports participants to raise vital funds for cancer research.

Since 2005, Can Too Foundation and its dedicated community of fundraisers have raised over $19,000,000 and invested in 156 cancer research projects that have contributed to at least 12 breakthroughs.

Training commences year-round for various events. Can Too Foundation has training locations around Sydney and provides a qualified coach and support team to help participants reach their fitness and fundraising goals.

Go to Cantoo for more information and to register for a program that inspires and challenges you.

Alana Black is Program and Communications Coordinator with the Can Too Foundation.

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