RUNS IN THE FAMILY: Pia McKee, Marianne Troiani and Natalie Troiani will all be taking part in the Cane2Coral. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
RUNS IN THE FAMILY: Pia McKee, Marianne Troiani and Natalie Troiani will all be taking part in the Cane2Coral. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

Running in the family

IT WILL be a competitive, family affair for Natalie Troiani at this year's Cane2Coral with her mother, sister and father all vying for ultimate bragging rights.

In what has become an annual family tradition, Bundaberg Sugar's Ms Troiani said she would participate in the 21.km run on August 2 alongside her sister Pia McKee and her father.

Ms Troiani's mother will run the 8km race.

Ms Troiani said she had been training regularly for the event.

"I run every morning and do Crossfit at night," she said.

"My goal is to jog the entire 21.1km and not walk at all."

Ms McKee said she aimed to finish the 21.1km run within two hours.

"Dad and I are really competitive against each other," she said, laughing.

"I Skyped my dad this morning straight after running and said 'C'mon what have you got'.

"Dad just wants to beat us girls - but he won't."

Ms Troiani said the Cane2Coral would double as a family reunion with her father returning to Bundaberg on the weekend of the race.

"He's been working for another sugar company in Indonesia," she said.

"Now he's coming back to work for Bundaberg Sugar again."

Bundaberg Sugar refinery operations and sales general manager Guy Basile said Ms Troiani was part of a 150-member team representing Bundaberg Sugar.

"We have supported the Cane2Coral since its inception," Mr Basile said.

"As part of the Bundaberg community we are very proud to be involved."

Mr Basile said he encouraged employees to particpate for health reasons as well as allowing various divisions to mingle.

"It's a great social event outside of work and they get to invite their family along," he said.

Mr Basile said this year the company had held various fundraisers for the children's ward at Bundaberg Hospital.

Cane2Coral

When: Sunday, August 2

What: 21.1km, 15km, 8km, and 4km fun run/walk

To register: visit http://www.cane2coral.org.au



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