Runners took their places at the start lines in the early hours of the morning of November 1 for the 13th annual Smiddy Fun Run for skin cancer research, in memory of PA Hospital Physiotherapist Adam Smiddy, whose life was tragically cut short at 26 years old by an aggressive melanoma in 2006.
The run saw 217 participants complete either a 5km run or a 2.5km walk of the hospital campus in the fight against skin cancer. Runners of all ages and fitness levels enjoyed the race, including families, children, couples, teams and solo runners all giving it a go to support the worthy cause.
First place was snapped up by Damon Bruce in 17.27 (men's) and Julia Anderson (women's) in 18.53. Runners were treated to a post-race massage by Terry from Rub Downes, and education and tips on improving every day health and fitness from the experienced exercise physiologists from Bodytrack.
Hannah Watts, the top fundraiser for 2018, raised over $1600 for skin cancer research, attributing her success to persistence and a can-do attitude – plastering Smiddy posters on her office walls and strategically placing collection tins to inspire her colleagues to support the cause.
Hannah will enjoy a luxury getaway at Victoria's Byron Bay as reward for her fundraising efforts. Our two youngest fundraisers, Thomas Owens ($761) and Caiden Young ($573) also took out prizes for their incredible efforts in raising funds for skin cancer research.
Adam's father, David Smiddy, attended the morning, reflecting on Adam's love of running, and sharing the importance of this event for him and his family every year.
PA Research Foundation CEO, Damian Topp also reflected on the significance of The Smiddy Fun Run for the Foundation, and for the larger hospital community that Adam was an integral part of.
"This is a very special event for us, and we are so proud to have such an engaged community rally and show their support for skin cancer research every year," said Damian.
The event was made possible by the support of some incredible partners and sponsors, including presenting partner QSuper who also entered a team in the race. The morning was capped off with a delicious breakfast including fresh fruit, muesli and yoghurt, fresh baked goods and coffee provided by Chobani, Mick's Nuts and Starbucks.
The Smiddy Fun Run has raised $18,373 thus far, with the goal of $20,000 for skin cancer research still firmly set in sight. Help us cross the line by donating here.
Images by Joep Buijs Photography.