USQ ride, run, walk gets bigger
THE third annual USQ Ride, Run Walk was a huge success, and organisers are already looking to make next year's event even bigger.
"I'm really pleased to see it growing," said USQ Student Guild officer Kelly Ralston.
This year's event held on Sunday drew 143 people to participate and raise money for Hervey Bay Hospital Children's Services.
This was up from 104 who participated last year, and 52 participants in 2010.
There was also a significant increase in the money raised for the hospital, Ms Ralston said.
The amount of $1469 was raised on Sunday, compared to $1100 in 2011.
Another factor Ms Ralston was pleased about was the increasing number of children getting involved.
"There were 50 kids taking part, including babies who were pushed about the course in prams," she said.
Ms Ralston said the oldest participant was 68 years old.
Competitors could choose between a 5km run or ride, or a 3km walk, with the numbers evenly spread between the three, Ms Ralston said.
She said there were varying levels of fitness between the participants, with those who were at the lower end of the fitness scale able to walk the course at their own pace.
Ms Ralston thanked the Hervey Bay business community for getting behind the event, offering sponsorship, promotion and prizes to the participants.
She also thanked members of the SES for helping with the marshalling for the event, along with some local firefighters who participated as well.