Jodie McLellan from Aristocat is looking forward to competing in this year’s Run for a Cure.
Jodie McLellan from Aristocat is looking forward to competing in this year’s Run for a Cure. Max Fleet

McLellan pumped for big weekend

JODIE McLellan makes the switch from beauty therapist to sportswoman with consummate ease.

The nail technician is just as comfortable on the rugby league field as she is in her salon and this weekend she will certainly have her hands full fitting it all in.

McLellan will knock off work today and prepare herself for the weekend's rugby league game for Easts, before backing up on Sunday for the 8km Run For a Cure.

McLellan has taken some big strides forward since winning the 4km event this time last year.

It was her first real race, but this year has already completed the 15km leg of the Cane2Coral.

“I loved it, I felt great,” she said.

It is still nothing more than a “bit of fun” for McLellan, though.

She will step up for the 8km Run for a Cure event this weekend, along with her work mates at Aristocat Hair and Beauty.

“It should be good fun and it's a great event to help raise some money for cancer research,” she said.

“Every family is touched by it in some way; it hits close to home.”

Training three times a week, with her footy schedule on top, keeps her in shape and the envy of the salon.

“They are always giving me a hard time, but it's good to see us all getting involved and doing our bit this weekend,” the 33-year-old mother of three said.

McLellan says she has enough motivation to jog by herself.

As for joining a footy club: “My boys have always played so I thought, why not.”

While McLellan will no doubt give the 8km title a shake, the emphasis of Sunday morning's run is on fun and fundraising, not competition.

“Sure there will be the usual guns, but this event is about having a go and helping raise money for a good cause,” organiser Vince Habermann said.

One in two Queenslanders will be diagnosed with some form of cancer by the age of 85, but 54% of cancers are now successfully treated thanks to the likes of the Cancer Council.

Race entry forms can be collected from Jack Dempsey's office on Quay Street.

A $10 individual entry fee or $20 for a family will go to the Cancer Council.

The race will be at the Botanic Gardens in North Bundaberg at 8am.

The walk and 2km event starts at 9.15am.

Contact Habermann on 41521 476 or 0403326133 for more information.

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