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I felt like I was part of something big

29-year-old Courtney Novits pushed herself to achieve something great in support of Diabetes Queensland, in the Bridge to Brisbane.

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 late 20s."

"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 work."

Courtney also convinced her co-workers to join the fun run and raise money for Diabetes Queensland, with the team raising close to $2,000. 

"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 finish line.

"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
City2South - 4th June 2017
Gold Coast Airport Marathon - 1st & 2nd July 2017
Sunshine Coast Marathon - 18th & 19th August 2017
Bridge to 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 June 2017
Yeppoon Triathlon Festival - 5th & 6th August 2017

Contact the fundraising team at fundraising@diabetesqld.org.au for more information. 

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