UP FOR IT: Bill Turner, 69, is getting into shape for the Anzac Run.
UP FOR IT: Bill Turner, 69, is getting into shape for the Anzac Run. Warren Lynam

Anzac Run provides an opportunity to exercise freedom

WITH every breath Bill Turner takes as he pushes through a 12km run, he will remember his father, a Second World War Anzac.

Mr Turner saw the inaugural Anzac Run by chance in the back of a taxi and was inspired to take on the challenge to mark the 100-year anniversary of the start of our nation's involvement in the First World War.

"My dad, John Turner, was a World War II veteran and it was always really important to him and I thought, 'what the hell'," Mr Turner said.

"He joined up in 1939 and was there to the bitter end, and in the later part of his life his war service became very important to him."

In the lead-up to the 100th anniversary of the landing of Anzac troops at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915, the commemorative public run honours the significance of the military.

Mr Turner, 69, starting on the long-distance running circuit by chance about nine years ago.

In 2005, the Rotary Club of Nambour 76 member attended the International Rotary Conference, which included an 8km run on the streets of the American city of Chicago.

"Apart from that, I hadn't run since I was a young kid," he said.

"I like to keep reasonably fit. I am not a fast runner by any means, but I get there. It is about getting out there and getting fit and staying fit."

Every Saturday, you can catch Mr Turner working on his times at the 5km Kawana Park Run or trotting around Nambour.

Leading up to a competition, he runs about 35-40km a week, and he tries to compete in at least one event each year.

In August, he plans to take on the Sunshine Coast Mara-thon 10km race.

"I always try to do a better time than the time before," he said. "Just getting through the training and completing the run in a time I am happy with makes it worth it."

"Exercise your freedom" is the motto of the event, which aims to be a practical demonstration of the liberty and

unity fought for over many years, often at great cost.

- CARLY REES

If you go

Where: Anzac Square, Ann St, Brisbane

When: April 27

To register: anzacrun.com or everydayhero.com.au



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