29-year-old Courtney Novits pushed herself to achieve something
great in support of Diabetes Queensland, in the Bridge to
The digital designer, who now lives in West Hollywood, Los
Angeles, ran 10km to raise over $1,100 for Diabetes Queensland.
"It was great to be able to contribute. Diabetes has always been
very present in my life. My father passed away from type 1 diabetes
at 52, my uncle also has type 1 diabetes, and my grandfather had
type 2," says Courtney.
A drive to improve her health and fitness motivated Courtney to
participate in the fun run.
"I have never been very active and was starting to feel the
effects of not exercising or treating my body right as I entered my
"I wanted to increase my fitness level and, after I started to
raise funds, I knew I couldn't back out!"
Courtney used a combination of technology and support from
workmates to help her train for the 10km run.
"I used the Couch to 5k app and trained with work colleagues,
who are also friends. We would bring our running gear to work and
run in a small group during our lunch break and sometimes after
Courtney also convinced her co-workers to join the fun run and
raise money for Diabetes Queensland, with the team raising close to
"I ran with my work colleagues. It was motivating to train and
run together. It definitely made a difference. On days where I
couldn't be bothered to run, or I thought I was too busy, if
someone else was up for running, I knew I couldn't say no."
The Bridge to Brisbane is a 5km and 10km fun run on Sunday,
27th August 2017. This iconic event lets participants
take in the city's scenery while challenging you to cross three
bridges, including the Story Bridge. The event sold out last year,
and promises to be just as popular in 2017.
"On the day, it was nice to see so many people of different
fitness levels. It wasn't intimidating at all. The sheer mass of
people participating was motivation on its own! I felt like I was a
part of something big," says Courtney.
The Bridge to Brisbane is just one of many fun runs that are on
this year throughout Queensland. Other events include the City 2
South, Gold Coast Marathon, Ironman Cairns and many more.
These events are a great way to challenge yourself physically, and
raise much-needed funds for Queenslanders living with diabetes.
The more Team Diabetes runners, swimmers and riders that we have
participating in events in 2017, the more awareness we can raise.
In turn, we can increase our vital services and support programs
for Queenslanders living with all types of diabetes.
We encourage our supporters to join 'Team Diabetes' by creating
an online fundraising page when they register for an event. You can
join individually, or perhaps you would like to enter a team and
participate with co-workers or as a family.
We will support your fundraising and training efforts every step
of the way, by offering support, tips, incentives and the
motivation you need to achieve your goals.
Any event, big or small, can make a real difference to our
organisation. And you will feel fantastic after you cross that
"It was a real achievement. I didn't run the entire time, but I
had definitely increased my fitness in the months prior to the run.
I wouldn't have been able to run as much as I did before I started
training," says Courtney.
Are you interested in getting fit and helping out, by
participating in an event near you? Click on the below links to
enter your chosen event and follow the prompts to create an online
fundraising page for Diabetes Queensland.
Rocky River Run -
28th May 2017
4th June 2017
Gold Coast Airport
Marathon - 1st & 2nd July 2017
Marathon - 18th & 19th August
Brisbane - 27th August 2017
If you have already registered for an event and would now like
to join Team Diabetes,
click here and select the Fundraise button.
Ironman Cairns - 11th June 2017
Spartan Race Townsville - 23rd & 24th
Triathlon Festival - 5th & 6th August
Contact the fundraising team at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.