Lifestyle

All set for Mad Cow Mud Run fundraiser

By Madeleine Caccianiga

The Mad Cow Mud Run is set to impress with a whole new course and more than 60 obstacles for participants to conquer next weekend.

The 36.42ha course located at Howe Park will for the first time host the entire event and become a permanent feature next to KidsTown in Mooroopna.

‘‘It will be a lot easier to manage and for our volunteers to support and look after the runners. It’s a full-time course now, so it’s going to be established here 12 months of the year and we hope to do a number of other events throughout the year as well,’’ Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation managing director Allan Turner said.

Participants can choose between ‘The Calf Half’ (6km) and ‘The Whole Heifer’ (9km) course options, with a 3km children’s event also on offer.

Mr Turner said obstacles had been improved and added to since last year.

‘‘We’ve definitely increased on a few mud obstacles this year and it’ll be a lot more fun for everyone to get around,’’ he said.

This year, 100 per cent of the profit from the event will go to Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation, an organisation Mr Turner founded in honour of his daughter Zaidee, who donated her organs following her sudden death at the age of seven.

‘‘It’s all about awareness and education about organ and tissue donations in memory of Zaidee. We want more people to have a discussion about death — what would you do? Would it be a yes or would it be a no to be an organ and tissue donor?’’ he said.

‘‘Zaidee saved and improved the lives of seven others when she died and for that legacy it’s just incredible.’’

Mr Turner said it could be a hard task for a parent to have a decision with children about death.

‘‘At the age of six-and-a-half Zaidee turned around to Mum one day and said ‘if anything ever happened to me I think I might donate my organs to other kids’ and Kim wrote that down in a memory book never to think twice — seven months later she died and we’re carrying out her wish,’’ he said.

For fees, information or to register, go to www.madcowmudrun.com.au

Those wishing to register on the day; adults are required to register prior to 7am and children by 9.30am on Saturday, March 2, at SPC KidsTown.