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HBF Run for a Reason 2018

The annual HBF Run for a Reason will be held this Sunday, with three distances on offer to participants.

All three distances, 4km, 12km, and 21km, will start at 6.45am at the corner of William Street and Hay Street in the city, finishing at Gloucester Park.

Medtronic Ambassador Matt Pontel will run the half-marathon with the Type One Run group and said the run did more then raise money and awareness.

“…most importantly, we raise confidence so those living with Type One diabetes feel empowered to get outside and exercise,” Mr Pontel said.

“[The] most challenging thing is overcoming the fear. There is a huge risk with every training run that I’ll go too low during or after when I go to bed. I’ve got CGM and insulin strategies I’ve worked on to help.”

The four feature charities you can support this year are Cancer Council, Diabetes WA, Heart Foundation and Lifeline WA.

Participants have raised more than $864,000 so far, towards the $1.3 million goal.

Mr Pontel has had Type One Diabetes since 2001 and said the HBF run was a great way to empower people.

“Events like this allow me to feel like an athlete first and a Type One Diabetic second,” he said.

“Cross that line to prove to all the Type One Diabetes kids and parents that we can do ‘ordinary’ things in extraordinary ways.

“The run is a great way to get together and celebrate all the hardship it takes for us to get on the start line and feel amazing once we run through the finish. Type One Diabetes should never hold you back. Let me be another person to prove that.”
Participants are advised to arrive 45 minutes before their start time and will receive a finishers medal when they cross the finish line.

Participants can also enjoy a Stretch it Out Booth and free massages after the run.

There will also be a kids activity zone with bouncy castles, games and a Channel 9 Ninja Warrior display.

If you are interested in doing the run, registrations are open until May 26 at 12:00am.

For more information about the HBF Run for a Reason click here.