RUNAWAY WINNER: Robert Hopkinson has shed 24kg while raising funds.
RUNAWAY WINNER: Robert Hopkinson has shed 24kg while raising funds.

Running for the soup kitchen

IT'S been an epic few months for Bargara local Robert Hopkinson. He's not only been preparing to run a marathon for charity, but he's shed 24kg in the process. Rob's on a mission to give $6000 to Dorcas Soup Kitchen in Bundaberg and he's chosen to run the 42km Sunshine Coast Marathon to make that happen.

Running "with him" in a pram, will be his son, Kai, age 4, who weighs about 20kg. Add 5kg of pram decorations, another 5kg in toys, water and food and Rob's got an additional 41kg challenge on his hands.

This is Rob's third Sunshine Coast Marathon.

His first race was an ironman in Busselton, WA. As a way for him and a good mate to include their kids in their training and events, they started pushing the kids along in their prams.

They started to dress up and the buzz it created at running events had Rob thinking what else was possible with that type of attention.

Raising money for organisations close to his heart seemed the obvious thing to do. He funds all his campaigns, gear and equipment himself unless sponsors jump on board.

Every cent of the more than $10,000 he has raised so far has gone directly to his chosen charities.

Rob said his biggest challenge on the day would be extreme heat and dehydration associated with not running in regular gear. Despite that, and the lack of freedom to go at a normal stride, Rob said it's all worthwhile when he experiences the smiles his garb creates and the genuine difference the money he raises, makes.

Rob's training schedule is planned by Kephren at Linkfit Triathlon, muti-sport and takes place around a hectic work schedule. He does between 4-5 sessions or up to 80km per week, with speed work and a long run included. He said the weight loss is one of the incredible benefits of running and focus on his diet and nutrition.

Rob's employer, Boehringer Ingelheim, has offered to match his campaign dollar-for-dollar up to $2000.

To find out more or to donate, go to Run with Rob on Facebook, or donate money directly at his gofundme campaign, Running for Dorcas Soup Kitchen.

For more information, please contact: Rob Hopkinson on 0466744416.

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