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The 10km of My First Bridge to Brisbane

The 10km of My First Bridge to Brisbane

Cate Campbell

FULL DISCLAIMER: I am not a runner. Never have been, and probably never will be. In my opinion, ‘fun’ and ‘run’ should never be in the same sentence. I am still not sure what induced me to sign up for the Bridge to Brisbane, all I know is that I mentioned it to someone once, as something I’d vaguely like to do at some point (as in the hypothetical I’d like to do this ‘someday’ and then that ‘someday’ never arrives), and then instead of politely expressing their wish to also do it with me ‘someday’, this person took the opportunity to sign up themselves, saying they’d come and support me!

Note to self: *when mentioning the hypothetical ‘someday’ goals, do it to someone who is equally as lazy as yourself.*

So I found myself practically blackmailed into something that was technically my own idea!

Fast forward to 26 August 2018: it’s a wet and miserable morning, yet everywhere I look there are people of all age demographics and from all walks of life… Nearly 30,000 of them! At this point, I can’t understand the look of excited anticipation I see around me – “don’t you know you’re about to run 10km!” I want to yell at them. Surely that would wipe the smile of their faces. Then they’d look more like how I’m feeling; nervous and mildly terrified.

As the clock slowly ticks down to my starting time, the strangest thing begins to happen – I’m beginning to feel excited. It’s like I’ve caught a mild case of ‘running fever’ that a few of my friends have succumbed to in the past.

I don’t mind that it’s cold or rainy and somehow the prospect of running 10km seems less daunting. But before I have time to fully comprehend this alarming change of sentiment, an announcement comes over the loud speaker. It’s go time.

1st Km: I join the throng of people gently surging towards the starting line, take a deep breath, and plunge forwards down the hill. Literally six steps in, everything hurts. My knees, ankles, calves, shins and I immediately start puffing – loudly. Some little guy with dark hair and a fabulous red raincoat comes flying past me, using the running technique that can only be described as frantic. I recognise it well, it’s the one I usually employ when I am running late for an appointment or am busting for the bathroom.  This is going to be a long morning.

2nd Km: Okay, legs are warming up, the sharp pains are reducing to a dull ache, rate of puffing has only marginally increased. Maybe I can do this. I wonder how Frantic Red Raincoat is doing?!

3rd Km: Made it over the Go-Between Bridge to a beautiful acoustic cover of Vance Joy’s Riptide. There is something incredibly satisfying about running on the streets that I have driven on for the past 17 years, seeing them devoid of road rage and instead filled with community spirit. I’m feeling pretty good about myself at this point, on the verge of smiling even, something I never do while running. Suddenly Frantic Red Raincoat tears past me again. I am more than a bit confused.

4th Km: Things have gone from average to bad, all within the space of one kilometre. The muscles in my legs feel like they are slowly solidifying and my breathing is now so loud that the people in front of me shoot back anxious glances to make sure that a paramedic is not necessary. I’m not even half way yet.

5th Km: I’m now keeping an eye out for Frantic Red Raincoat… does he enjoy sprinting past the same people just to freak them out? Anyway, focus Cate. As I begin running through the city, a pair of seedy, dishevelled looking guys appear – clearly on their way home from a night out. They look thoroughly perplexed as to why this mass of humans surging through the city streets would voluntarily do this to themselves on a Sunday morning. I have to say, that as I look at them from the moral high ground with a red, sweaty face and sore legs, I can kind of see their point.

6th Km: As I wind out of the tunnel and onto the Story Bridge, my favourite Brisbane landmark, I barely notice, my field of vision has been reduced to looking at the ground two steps ahead of me. I’m brought out of this haze of self-pity by a fellow runner exclaiming how beautiful the city looks. As I raise my eyes to catch a quick glimpse of the city, who should come barreling past me AGAIN but Frantic Red Raincoat! I can’t believe it! I give a half-second thought to chasing after him and demanding an explanation, when he weaves between two people, dodges around the fittest 60 year old I’ve ever seen and disappears again.

7th Km: The signs telling you how far you’ve run seem to be mocking me, I cannot bear to look at them, and at this stage, my only thought is to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Little kids are beginning to overtake me. Have they been running the whole way? Or is this some new motivational tactic by the event organisers? Surely you can’t have that much energy after 7km.

8th Km: For the first time I begin to think that I might actually be able to do this. The end is nigh! There are people lining the cliffs on top of Kangaroo Point cheering, I like this motivational tactic much more than the super energetic kids. Feeling thoroughly energised and encouraged, I coax the two pillars of cement that are pretending to be my legs to keep going for just a bit longer.

9th Km: Bagpipes signal that the battle is almost over. Braveheart. That’s my first thought. I can see Mel Gibson with his face painted blue, sword held aloft. Now is the time to fight, now is the time to dig deep, now is the time to – wait! That’s not Frantic Red Raincoat again is it? Great Scott it is! How? Why? Where does he go in between mad dashes around people? So it is with this conundrum that I enter the final stretch. It’s much less inspirational than “They may take our lives, but they can never take our freedom!”

10th Km: As I cross the line, I see the emotions I am feeling reflected in the faces of the runners around me. Exhaustion, pain but above all, pride. I see it in mothers, in daughters, fathers, grandfathers, short people, tall people, people with brown eyes, blue eyes, red hair, brown hair, young, old. Across every identifying stereotype that society uses to separate us, there is the same expression, the same feelings, the same emotions. And in that moment I understand. I understand the power of coming together with a common goal.

Some people walked, some wheeled, some shuffled, some ran, some in maddeningly, confusing, frantic dashes. But in the end, we all had the same goal in mind, we were moving in the same direction, and I felt inexplicably connected to every single person wearing a Bridge to Brisbane bib. Community events like this have the unique ability to unite a group of people who may never fully agree on anything else in life. And even if it is only for 10km; a long, painful 10km, I think that is a beautiful thing. I’d even go so far as to call it fun. I’d still like to track down Frantic Red Raincoat though.

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What was your favourite moment of Bridge to Brisbane 2018? Tell us in the comments below and share your race day memories on social media using #bridge2brisbane!

UNDERpreparing for Bridge to Brisbane

As the days draw closer to the annual Bridge to Brisbane (B2B) race, I find myself sitting here (in a very similar position to last year) contemplating the same old thought – WHY DIDN’T I TRAIN?

As always, I was super excited to sign up and get on board Brissy’s biggest fun run for the greatest of causes, but turning that enthusiasm into actual training and practice? Yeah, didn’t happen…and I only have myself to blame. Being the classic over-committer and stellar procrastinator that I am (as I’m sure a lot of us are!), B2B has crept up on me in a scary, unsuspecting way, usually reserved for clingy ex-boyfriends.

So, here I am, six days out from the big race, with new runners in hand and a whole lot of enthusiasm to boot, but no real training to my name (unless walking to brunch counts…).

So, what’s a girl to do? Look on the bright side, that’s what!

Here’s how I am going to make it to the B2B finish line:

1. MOVE IT, MOVE IT

First up – we must do some internal reflection (#realtalk) here. Considering there’s been ZERO training included in my schedule (as mentioned above), I’ve done myself a horrible disservice leading up to this Sunday. Fret not people! As I am going to lift my exercise game in this last week – nothing too strenuous, as I still want to conserve energy for the looming 10kms, but my goal is to walk everywhere. So, if you’re like me and a tad underprepared for this Sunday, get the heart rate pumping and stimulate that circulation by walking when and where you can.

2. MARKET RESEARCH

I am hopeful that my teenage movie marathon efforts have set me up for endurance success. So, I plan to watch a whole bunch of long distance marathon events on YouTube, as that will surely lend itself to a practical application, right? RIGHT?! (I’m trying it regardless).

3. DRINK UP

H20 is the go! Running 10kms in this ‘winter’ heat, is going to require a fair bit of hydration, so keep that water flowing – both on the day and the week prior to the event. I know I will be!

4. FIND YOUR MOTIVATION

My motivation? Is it to beat my sub 50min time from last year? Pfffft. Not going to happen. I’m telling you outright, the only thought getting me through the impending 10km’s is the after-race brekky I’ll be chowing down. So, find your food kryptonite and visualise a buffet of it waiting to be yours at the finish line. I’ll be thinking of a good ol’ smashed avo and sourdough!

In all honesty, you can take or leave any of my tips above, but the best advice I’ve been given is to have fun! Cliché, but true. Enjoy the good vibes that B2B has on offer year after year, put one foot after the other and you’ll be cruising through the finish line before you know it!

How To Put The FUN Into This Fun Run!

So, you’ve registered for Bridge to Brisbane, you’ve sorted out your best running shoes, and you’ve prepared yourself mentally and physically for completing the course. But, doing the Bridge to Brisbane doesn’t have to be challenging – in fact, you can take it as fast or as slow as you like, and have plenty of fun while doing it!

To ensure all participants have the most enjoyable day possible on August 26, we’ve pulled together our top five tips for putting the most FUN into our state’s beloved fun-run.

1. Dress to impress

When it comes to events like Bridge to Brisbane, you’re generally prepared to don your favourite activewear, built for movement and agility. However, what you might not know is that our fun run’s a little different!

You’ll see runners of all types on the course, many wearing costumes ranging from animal onesies to fairy tutus…and everything in between! Make your day at Bridge to Brisbane one to remember by donning your own best fancy dress – simply snap a photo in your costume on race day and upload it to your Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #bridgetobrisbane for your chance to win a cash prize!

2. Fun Runnin’ Friends

Speaking of friends, bring a plus one or a group of buddies to take on the course with you to add an extra spark to your experience. Sing, laugh, chat, dance or race each other all the way through the course and into the Finish Village. Completing the course together will make sweating a little sweeter AND you’ll have someone to enjoy breakfast (and the glory!) with afterwards – it’s a win, win!

3. Running – or whatever way you get to the finish line!

Just because it’s called a fun run, doesn’t mean you need to run the entire course… or at all! Runners, joggers, wheelies and walkers are all welcome to participate in the Bridge to Brisbane.

Whatever pace you choose, the only thing that matters is that you’re having fun and making memories while doing it! With live acts and entertainment at the Start Lines and at various stages of the course, there is so much to hear and see throughout the day, so run to the rhythm, walk in time, or dance your way to the finish line.

4. Picture-perfect

Ah Brisbane, the River City! You will be passing some of Brisbane’s most Insta-worthy spots, so whip out your phone or camera and take advantage of the beautiful scenery that passes you by! You’ll be crossing the Story Bridge at least once during the race and, we think – in fact, we know – that this makes the picture-perfect spot to catch your breath and enjoy that Bridgey-didge scenery.

5. Rewards for all

Once you cross the Finish Line, it’s time to celebrate! South Bank comes alive on August 26 as Little Stanley Street and parts of the Parklands transform into our Finish Village – food, music, massages and more will all be within a few steps. Outside the Finish Village, select South Bank retailers will be open with special deals and discounts for Bridge to Brisbane participants – show your race bib to access these exclusive ‘Bib-ileges’.

Corporate teams and large groups also have the opportunity to enjoy a fun and relaxed morning in our Pop-Up Picnic Party area inside the South Bank Parklands. Here is where you can claim a dedicated space for your crew to enjoy that well-earned rest post-race, as well as access to the communal picnic games area. If that doesn’t put the fun in fun run, we don’t know what will!

So what are you waiting for? If you haven’t already, sign up now via www.bridgetobrisbane.com.au, but hurry…places are filling up fast!

Hit105’s Ultimate Bridge to Brisbane Training Playlist

Hit105’s Ultimate Bridge to Brisbane Training Playlist

There are so many benefits of listening to music while exercising. It boosts adrenaline levels, increases endorphins, and most importantly, it’s so much more fun! Music is a great motivator and training to good tunes could help achieve goals you’ve never reached before. However, listening to the wrong music can have the adverse effect, and with August 26 fast approaching, ‘ain’t nobody got time for that!’

Luckily, we’ve got friends that know a thing or two about playing some tunes that will get you moving. To help you stay on track and ensure you achieve your race day goals, our friends at Hit105 have curated their ultimate Bridge to Brisbane training playlist, just for you. Add these to your Spotify and get moving!

  1. Whatever it Takes – Imagine Dragons
  2. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
  3. Lose Yourself – Eminem
  4. Pump It Up – Elvis Costello
  5. Summer – Calvin Harris
  6. POWER – Kanye West
  7. More Than You Know – Axwell Ingrosso
  8. What’s My Age Again – Blink 182
  9. This Girl – Kungs Cookin’ On 3 Burners
  10. It’s My Life – Bon Jovi

Have you signed up for Bridge to Brisbane yet? Put this training to good use and sign up now …but hurry, places are filling up fast!

 

Triple M’s Ultimate Bridge to Brisbane Training Playlist

Triple M’s Ultimate Bridge to Brisbane Training Playlist

Sometimes, it can be hard to motivate yourself to hit the pavement. Music makes you want to move! But choosing the right tunes to keep the pace up can be difficult and with race day on the horizon, you need a solid playlist at the ready.

Stress no more! Thankfully, we’ve got friends that know a thing or two about curating the right tunes. If you’re a lover of the classics and enjoy a little old school, our friends at Triple M have the perfect Bridge to Brisbane training playlist for you. So load up your Spotify and start running!

Triple M:

  1. Standing On The Outside – Cold Chisel
  2. American Idiot [Clean Edit] – Green Day
  3. I See Red – Split Enz
  4. You Give Love A Bad Name – Bon Jovi
  5. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
  6. Good Times – INXS and Jimmy Barnes
  7. It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll) – AC/DC
  8. Beautiful Day – U2
  9. Love In An Elevator [Single Edit] – Aerosmith
  10. My Hero – Foo Fighters
  11. On My Mind – Powderfinger
  12. Power and the Passion – Midnight Oil
  13. We Will Rock You / We Are The Champions – Queen
  14. By The Way – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  15. White Wedding [Single Mix] – Billy Idol

Have you signed up for Bridge to Brisbane yet? Put this training to good use and sign up now …but hurry, places are filling up fast!

How to get organised for The Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane

How to get organised for this year’s Bridge to Brisbane

Whether you’re training to complete Bridge to Brisbane for the first time, or you’re a fun run veteran, planning will be essential in making sure you reach the finish line feeling healthy and happy. In the lead up to the big day, you’ll need to outline your goals for the run, set a training routine, and consider what food you need to fuel your body.

Goal setting for success

Everyone takes part in an event like Bridge to Brisbane for their own reasons. Some want to beat last year’s PB, others want to improve their fitness, and most are keen to raise some money for a good cause. Thinking S.M.A.R.T can help you set healthy goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.

The first key to goal setting is specificity – the more specific you are about what you want to achieve, the clearer you can be about what you need to do to get there. For example, you might set your goal this year to run the entire 5km course without stopping or walking.

Then, you want to make sure your goal is measurable. A goal like “run further” doesn’t give you a measurable outcome to tick off your list, whereas you’ll know you’ve achieved your goal of running 5km when you cross the finish line. You might break this goal down into smaller measurements, starting off aiming to run 2km by the end of the month, then build up your mini-goals over time.

Goals need to be achievable to be motivating. If you know deep down that you won’t be able to reach your goal, you won’t push yourself to get there. Think carefully when setting your goals and timelines, making sure you’re not setting yourself up for failure.

At the same time, be realistic about your goals. Take into account your current circumstances and whether you’re set up for success. If you’re going to need to train for an hour every day to build up to running 5km, but you’ve only got weekends spare, you might need to rethink how realistic your goal is.

Finally, every goal needs to have a timeline for when you plan to achieve it. Bridge to Brisbane is great for this, because once you’ve registered, you know that 26 August is the day!

Getting ready to run

Training is an important part of running in an event like Bridge to Brisbane. If you’re on the couch one day and running 10km the next, you might find yourself injury prone and not quite as fit as you thought.

The Healthier. Happier. 8 week training guide is designed to prepare both first timers and experienced walkers/runners for the Bridge to Brisbane. There are three suggested training sessions each week (although you can swap or add sessions if you’re feeling up to it), with distances gradually increasing to help you complete your chosen course comfortably.

Remember that your training should include more than just distance running: stretching, strength training and cardio can all improve your running time and technique.

If you have any health concerns or injuries, seek advice from an appropriately qualified professional such as a GP or Accredited Exercise Physiologist.

Food and drink to fuel your run

While physical training is important in the lead up to Bridge to Brisbane, the fuel you put in your body will also affect how well you perform on the day.

Meal planning can help you eat healthier, shop smarter and curb bad eating habits. When you’re ramping up your exercise routine, it’s important to think ahead about what you’re going to eat and when, so that you’re giving your body enough energy to sustain your training. Having plenty of healthy food in the fridge and pantry can also stop you from reaching for unhealthy snacks when you get peckish after a run.

This Weekly Meal & Exercise Planner template can help you plan what you’ll be eating each week and when you’ll be strapping on your runners, with reminders about your weekly movement and nutrition goals.

Hydration is really important when you exercise, especially in Brisbane’s warm climate. You need to drink more water when you’re exercising to make up for water lost through sweat and exhalation. Plain water is optimal for rehydrating after a workout: you don’t need sports drinks unless you’ve been doing over 60 minutes of hard exercise.

Being organised is essential!

With good planning and motivating goals, you’ll be set to have a great Bridge to Brisbane, and keep up your healthy lifestyle after you’ve crossed the finish line.

How are you preparing for Bridge to Brisbane this year? Let us know in the comments below or share your snaps with us using the hashtag #bridgetobrisbane!  

Don’t forget to check out the Healthier. Happier. Training Guide in The Sunday Mail each week in the lead-up to race day.

Have you registered for Bridge to Brisbane 2018? Last year sold out, so enter NOW to ensure you are one of thousands of people pounding the pavement on August 26. 

 

How to Get the Most Out of Your Bridge to Brisbane Experience

Regardless of your age or fitness level, Bridge to Brisbane is an event that you can truly set your own goals for and make your own! Here are our tips for getting the most out of the event and the day as a whole.

Tailor the run to you

With a choice of two courses – 5km and 10km – participants can test themselves on speed, endurance, and everything in between – Bridge to Brisbane is suited to people of all ages and fitness levels! Start times are organised according to fitness level, so whether you’re running, jogging or walking, you’ll be surrounded by participants of similar abilities.

Pace setters will also be easily recognisable on the day, carrying coloured balloons that correspond to your race time. If you’re looking to achieve a particular time, or maybe even a PB, match your pace with the correct pace setter to work out whether you need to speed up or slow down to achieve your goal.

Alternatively, you can forget the testing altogether and simply focus on enjoying yourself! With prizes for the best-dressed (read: best costumes) and a heap of activities in the Finish Village after you cross the finish line, the entire event day makes for a fun and memorable morning in the river city.

Bubs in prams can also participate with parents or guardians for free, so why not sign the whole family up as a team and make the event a goal you can all work towards?

Prepare for race day so you can give it your best!

To ensure you get the most you can out of the day, make sure your mind and body are ready! Training and preparation beforehand is crucial – physical AND mental. On our blog, we have some advice on training and how to get started, as well as what you should be eating while training. To summarise our tip tips, we recommend creating a consistent routine, slowly building up your strength, setting yourself realistic goals, and having a great night’s sleep on August 25, so you can do your best on race day… no matter what your goal is!

Know the course

Familiarise yourself with the course maps, and take note of where the toilets and water stations are. That way, on the day, you can focus on yourself and meeting your goals, without worrying about which way to go.

Knowing the course will help you keep track of where you are and how far you have left to go, so you can keep motivation levels high where it matters. Of course, there will be plenty of volunteers and event staff along the course to help if you have any questions but, as they say, knowledge is power – even at Bridge to Brisbane!

Fundraise

Not only is our event an opportunity to be healthy, active and explore our beautiful city, Bridge to Brisbane is also your chance to give back to the community! If you’re passionate about a particular cause, you can raise funds for them by participating in Bridge to Brisbane.

When you do the Bridge to Brisbane, you’ll get two times – your race time and your Hero Time. Your Hero Time is your race time minus one second for every $1 you raise! Fundraising is just another way you can get the most out of Bridge to Brisbane and make a difference.

Remember to have fun!

Above all, Bridge to Brisbane is a fun run, and our goal is to provide every participant with an enjoyable experience! For some, it’s a way to achieve new goals, and for others, it’s a great opportunity to catch up with friends and family, and appreciate Brisbane’s beautiful scenery.

Sign up now to secure your spot! Visit www.bridgetobrisbane.com.au to register.

Running Back in Time: The Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane’s 22-Year History

Twenty-two years of Bridge to Brisbane…oh, how time flies when you’re having fun!

What started out as a local community event has grown to be Queensland’s largest fun run! Today, tens of thousands of people take to the streets of Brisbane to celebrate being healthy and active, and enjoy all that is great about our river city. For many people, it’s also an opportunity to raise funds and awareness for a charity of their choice.

Read on if you’d like to learn a little more about our 22-year history!

When was the first race?

The very first event kicked off in August 1997, with around 5000 participants. Back in the day, the race headed east towards the Manly coast line and was originally called the ‘Bridge to Bay’.

finish area of bridge to bay fun run at elanora park wynnum brisbane

View of the finish area of the Bridge to Bay fun run – Elanora Park, Wynnum. Photo taken by Mark/Cranitch on 3rd August 1997.

Fast forward to today, where the introduction of our new course in 2015 saw 30,000 people pound the pavement and our event sell out. Last year was the same, and this year is looking no different…so you’d better get in quick!

Who was the first winner?

For the first three years, Brissie local Pat Carroll managed to breeze past the competition and win the 12-kilometre 1997, 1998 and 1999 races. He was Queensland’s best distance runner at the time and crossed the finish line in just 34 minutes and 20 seconds. Here’s a fun fact… did you know the yellow figure in The Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane logo is an illustration of Pat victoriously finishing the race back in 1997?!

How has the course changed over time?

Our course hasn’t always taken in the same sights as it does today!

people running down gateway bridge for bridge to brisbane

The Bridge to Brisbane used to start at the Gateway Bridge. Photo taken by Drew Fitzgibbon, 5th August 2007.

When we were the Bridge to Bay, we started on the Gateway Bridge and headed east towards the bayside suburb of Manly. The Gateway Bridge remained the starting point for many years, but the finish line changed a few times – our name change to Bridge to Brisbane saw the route finish at New Farm Park, before settling on the Brisbane Showgrounds in 2008.

people cross the bridge to brisbane finish line in bowen hills

Participants cross the Bridge to Brisbane finish line in Bowen Hills, 2015. Photo taken by Jono Searle.

After eight events encompassing this route, 2016 marked the arrival of two brand new courses, created to encompass more of Brisbane than ever before. These are the same courses participants will take this year, and they’re here to stay!

The 10km course starts at Roma Street Parklands and crosses three of Brisbane’s iconic bridges – the Go Between Bridge, the Victoria Bridge and the Story Bridge – and the 5km starts at the beautiful Captain Burke Park, crossing the Story Bridge twice. Both courses finish in the South Bank Parklands where participants can enjoy a morning of fun and relaxation with friends and family post-race.

Runners at start line for Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane 2017.

Runners at the start of the Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane, August 27, 2017. Photo taken by Jono Searle.

What’s new in 2018?

This year, the Finish Line for both courses is on Little Stanley Street, so your cheer squad can watch you from the South Bank Parklands and encourage you during your run.

We’ve also just launched the Bridge to Brisbane app, which is now available for download on Google Play and the App Store! With a countdown timer, event updates and selfie filters, make the app your go-to guide for race day 2018. Just search Bridge to Brisbane to download now.

We also launched a brand new Bridge to Brisbane merchandise line, as seen on our friends at FitazFk Gym in The Sunday Mail.  With a range of items to suit all activewear enthusiasts, shop the full range right here ahead of race day!

two females and males modelling bridge to brisbane activewear

Stand out on the course with our new merchandise range. Photo taken by Macauley Ryan.

Why do people continue to race?

From the very beginning, The Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane has been much more than just a run. You don’t need to be an elite athlete to enjoy our event – Bridge to Brisbane is all about celebrating the very best of Brisbane, while appreciating being healthy and active. Elite runners, budding joggers and casual walkers can all take part in Bridge to Brisbane and have an equally enjoyable experience.

It’s also a chance to give back to the community – participants are encouraged to raise money for a charity of their choice, or for The Courier-Mail Children’s Fund. Since launching the event 22 years ago, participants have raised over $9 million for charities, including funds raised so far this year!

members of Team Cure Brain Cancer participating in Bridge to Brisbane

Team Cure Brain Cancer participating in The Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane in 2017.

Where do I secure my spot?

What are you waiting for? Join us as we continue to make history and sign up today for Brisbane’s biggest and best fun run, taking place August 26, 2018!

After the race…now what?

Congratulations, you’ve completed Bridge to Brisbane Day! Whether you raced your hardest through the 10km or took a leisurely walk over the Story Bridge with a group of friends, you’ve done a great thing for yourself and the community.

Achieving a goal is a great feeling. But what do you do after you tick that box?

Reflect – how do you feel?

Take some time to give yourself a pat on the back and think about how you feel after achieving your goal. Reflect on what’s changed since you decided to do the race – are you feeling healthier or happier? Is exercise a bigger part of your routine? Have you kicked any bad habits? Are there any other changes you want to make?

Decide what new habits you want to stick with and how you want to feel, then set about making your next health or fitness goal.

Setting new goals

Keeping the reasons you embarked on your Bridge to Brisbane Day journey in mind, think about what your next goals might be now that race day is over.

You might aim to continue running a few times a week, set a goal to continue cooking healthy dinners, or register for another fun run. Think about what long-term changes you want to make: do you want to improve your speed or distance, lose weight, or feel more energetic?

Use the S.M.A.R.T formula to set goals that are achievable and realistic, and write your goals down on a calendar or list. Think about the steps you’ll take to realise your goals, breaking them down into achievable chunks. Each week, think about what you’ll do to move a little closer to ticking your goal off your list, using a tool like the Healthier. Happier. Meal & Exercise Planner to write your weekly plan.

A suggested long-term goal is to write down your time from this year’s event and aim to shave time off this in 2018!

Keeping healthy habits

Sticking to healthy habits in the long term can be challenging, but there are a lot of tools to make it easier for you.

Stay motivated by tracking your progress, getting friends involved, and making sure you reward yourself when you stick with your new routine.

Use the Health & Fitness Age Calculator to get some insight into your overall health and wellbeing, either to motivate yourself to keep on working hard or to track the progress you’ve already made.

Mix things up in the kitchen by trying some new, healthy recipes, including healthy snacks, comfort food and fast family dinners. You can explore the Healthier. Happier. Library for more articles on healthy eating, exercise and goal setting.

What will you be doing to stay motivated now that Bridge to Brisbane Day 2017 is complete? Let us know in the comments below.

We want to see your race day snaps! Keep your photos coming by tagging us and using the hashtags #BestTimeBNE and #Bridge2Brisbane. 

The Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane Day 2017 Go-To Guide

Bridge to Brisbane Day 2017 is less than a week away… yes, you heard correctly – in five days you will be waking up to make your way to the start line of Brisbane’s biggest community event.

Preparing for the day doesn’t have to be a stressful experience, so we’ve prepared this go-to guide for all Bridge to Brisbane Day 2017 participants, to ensure you’re well and truly equipped for everything the day has in store.

PRE-RACE

RACE PACK

If you missed the mailing cut-off date, or opted to pick up your pack yourself, you will need to collect your pack from the Race Office at South Bank Piazza.

The Race Office will be open at South Bank Piazza during the below times for Race Pack collection:

Date Time
Thursday 24 August, 2017 8:00am – 6:30pm
Friday 25 August, 2017 8:00 – 6:00pm
Saturday 26 August, 2017 8:00am – 2:00pm

 

Your Race Pack includes your race number and official event t-shirt. Your race number is your official ticket to free transport on the morning, race entry access and access to the huge range of specials on Bib-ileges offers at South Bank after the race.

Don’t forget to bring a copy of your official Entry Certificate! You can collect race packs for your friends too – but you will need a copy of their Entry Certificate to do this.

If you are part of a team, your team manager will have had your race kit posted to them already, or they will collect it on your behalf prior to the race.

GETTING TO THE START LINE

There will be a number of road closures and changes to traffic conditions throughout inner Brisbane on the morning of Sunday, August 27. A map of all road closures is available here.

We recommend you take advantage of the free public transport options on race day to save you both money and stress! Simply show your official race bib and enjoy free travel until 3pm. Bus and train times can be found here, but please note that ferries are not free on race day.

If you decide to drive, our friends at the go via network are waiving tolls on the Go Between Bridge and Clem 7 Tunnel on race day from 2am – 1pm.

THE RACE

START TIMES/LOCATIONS

6:00am 10km Blue & Red Elite Wheelies and Runners Start Wickham Terrace, Access via Roma Street Parklands Boulevard
6:20am 10km Green Runners Start Wickham Terrace, Access via Roma Street Parklands Boulevard
6:55am 10km Yellow Joggers Start Albert Street, next to Roma Street Parklands
7:10am 10km Grey Walkers Start Albert Street, next to Roma Street Parklands
9:20am 5km Event Start – Elite Purple to start first Captain Burke Park, Kangaroo Point

COURSE DETAILS

The 10km course starts at the top of the Roma Street Parklands, on College Road, Spring Hill.

  • Bridges crossed: Go Between Bridge, Victoria Bridge and Story Bridge
  • Water Stations: 10km start line, Cultural Centre Tunnel, Marriott Hotel, Story Bridge, Kangaroo Point & Finish Line.
  • Toilets: 10km start line, Kurilpa Park, Ivory Street, Martin Street, Finish Village.

The 5km course starts at Captain Burke Park, at the end of Main Street, Kangaroo Point.

  • Bridges crossed: Story Bridge (twice)
  • Water Stations: 5km Start line, Story Bridge, Kangaroo Point and Finish Line.
  • Toilets: 5km Start Line, Martin Street and the Finish Village.

Look out for our volunteer pace setters as you go! They’ll be completing the race holding a coloured balloon related to their running time. They’re there to motivate you to beat your personal best time on race day.

Remember to stay hydrated throughout the race by stopping at our water stations. It might also be a chilly morning, so we encourage you to bring a jumper that you don’t mind leaving behind and we will collect them to donate to charity on your behalf.

POST-RACE

Race times for Bridge to Brisbane Day 2017 will be posted as soon as possible after the race at couriermail.com.au, so keep your eyes peeled! Our Facebook page will post the link to these as soon as they are available.

The feeling of finishing the race is a fantastic reward in itself, but for those of you with a competitive streak, there are a number of prizes available on the day! As well as 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the 5km and 10km events, there are also prizes up for grabs for best dressed, highest fundraisers, and more.

FINISH VILLAGE

The fun doesn’t stop when you cross the Finish Line on race day – organise for your friends and family to meet you in the South Bank Parklands and enjoy a beautiful day in our Finish Village. You couldn’t ask for a more stunning backdrop than our beautiful CBD just across the river, as well exploring South Bank and the Parkland surrounds.

There’s nothing better than a big brekky after your race, especially when it’s free! The Courier-Mail have a special offer for Bridge to Brisbane Day 2017 participants who take advantage of their exclusive subscription for just $1 for the first 28 days – you’ll receive a complimentary breakfast for you and a friend in the exclusive Sunday Mail marquee.

BIB-ILEGES

Just like last year, we’ve teamed up with a bunch of your favourite South Bank retailers to offer special deals to all race day participants.

Show your race bib and receive discounted food and drinks, freebies, and more as part of our Bib-ileges program! The full list of Bib-ileges can be found here.

There you have it – the ultimate guide to Bridge to Brisbane Day 2017!

Have we missed anything? Let us know in the comments below, or send us a message on Facebook. Otherwise, we’ll see you at the start line on August 27!

Share your race day snaps with us by using the hashtags #Bridge2Brisbane and #BestTimeBNE!

 

 

Five Tips For Calming Race Day Nerves

With less than three weeks of training left until race day, we sat down with elite athlete and osteopath, Steve Dinneen, to get his top tips for calming nerves when your foot hits the start line on August 27.

“A bit of nervous energy is good, so when you get nerves on race day, remember to use then in a positive way to improve your performance, not hinder it. Mindset is the key.”

Have a race plan – ask yourself, how do you intend on running the race?

Are you planning on starting out slow and working your way into the race, or do you intend on going out faster and seeing if you can hang on to the finish line? Will you run at a particular pace or feel, are you running with a friend/s, with a pack or solo? Going into the race with a strategy can help with calming nerves as you have a plan to focus on.

Self-belief – think positive

If you have done the training, the race is about putting the hard work into action. Those early morning runs or weekend training sessions have led you to this moment. Look forward to the finish line and testing yourself out along the way – there are people out there who would give anything to run. Be inspired by yourself and those around you who are getting out there to tackle the course.

Breathe

Take a moment on the way to the race, or before the start of the race, to find that relaxed and centred place in your mind.

Be organised and prepared

Get to the race early and be prepared for potential issues like traffic, toilets lines, getting to the start line, public transport or parking if driving. You might want to bring an old t-shirt to wear if it is cold that you can throw it off before the race starts. Have a $10 or $20 note in your shorts pocket in case you need money for something unexpected like a drink. Trying to stay relaxed and not get nervous when you are running late for a race is almost impossible. So think ahead.

Once the gun goes, so do all of those nerves!

Use them to work for you – know that nerves are a pre-race thing and once the race starts, the atmosphere, amazing views of Brisbane from the Story Bridge and endorphins will keep you Running Happy and nerve-free.

Good luck!

Steve Dinneen is a Brooks Running sponsored athlete, elite middle and long distance runner and coach. He works professionally as an osteopath and has worked in the health and fitness industry for over 15 years.

This blog was contributed by our friends at Brooks Running.

Got any other suggestions on calming nerves before a big race? Let us know in the comments below. 

Yet to enter Bridge to Brisbane Day? It’s not too late – but hurry, last year’s event SOLD OUT! Get your runners on and enter NOW. 

Don’t forget to share your training snaps by using the hashtags #bridge2brisbane and #BestTimeBNE!

 

 

How to fit Bridge to Brisbane Day preparation into your busy schedule

As the temperature drops, so too can our motivation to get out and pound the pavement, but with Bridge to Brisbane Day only eight weeks away, it’s time to re-ignite the fire in your belly to go out and smash your fitness goals. If you’re a little stuck on where to get started, we’ve come up with a few ways that will help you put the prep in your race day preparation for Bridge to Brisbane Day

Take the scenic route

There’s nothing pleasant (or productive for that matter) about sitting in traffic for an hour and a half. Why not throw on some running shoes instead and take the scenic route to work? Brisbane is an incredibly exercise-friendly city, with walking tracks, bike lanes and shared pathways forming part of most major routes. Walking, running or cycling is a great opportunity to soak up some Vitamin D and appreciate our beautiful river city in the flesh. Plus, as we move further into winter, you won’t need to worry about arriving at work dripping in sweat.

Lunchtime workouts

After a long day at work, it’s natural to want to curl up on the couch at home, rather than get out and exercise. Why not switch up the timings a little and exercise during your lunch break? Many gyms have classes over the lunch period, or if classes aren’t your style, find a walking track near your office and get your heart rate up over lunch. Not only will it help your cardio fitness, but that burst of endorphins will also help you smash through your afternoon to-do list.

Outdoor meetings

Rather than battling the noise of a café, or trying to stay awake in a boardroom, why not suggest grabbing a coffee to go and going for a walk for your next meeting? In addition to the physical benefit of being active, studies have shown that exercise improves creative thinking. Now that’s killing two birds with one stone!

Fun with friends

Working out with friends enables you to exercise and socialise, while keeping you motivated and accountable. Instead of seeing it as a 5km, look at it as a 5km talk. Positive encouragement from your workout buddies and achieving milestones together will set you well on the way to achieving your race day goals.

The commercial workout

If you like to multi-task, this one’s for you! If you like coming home from a busy day and sitting down to watch the news, why not bust out the exercise mat and work out while watching?

There are loads of stretches and workouts you can do while watching your favourite reality TV show – a simple YouTube search will open your eyes to a plethora of at-home workouts suited to your fitness level and style.

How do you fit Bridge to Brisbane Day preparation into your daily routine? Let us know in the comments below or share your snaps with us using the hashtag #bridge2brisbane!  

Don’t forget to check out the Healthier. Happier. Training Guide in The Sunday Mail each week in the lead-up to race day.

Have you registered for Bridge to Brisbane Day 2017? Last year sold out, so enter NOW to ensure you are one of thousands of people pounding the pavement on August 27. Get your runners on! 

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