Join marathon challenge from comfort of home
TOOWOOMBA Grammar School PE teacher Ryan Fowler has run a few marathons in his time, but none similar to the one he has planned for this Saturday.
The new head of Corfe House, Mr Fowler has set up the school's first iso-marathon, an event which will see students and residents run as far as possible in the confines of their home.
The challenge will run from 6am to 11am on Saturday, in conjunction with Mr Fowler's attempt to run 42.2kms, or 140 laps, along the TGS Wall of Achievement terrace.
Mr Fowler said the idea came to him while he was designing an online PE course for his students.
"At the school, we have been working out different ways of online learning, and we came up with this PE challenge that the boys have been doing at home," Mr Fowler said.
"We thought, 'how can we incorporate this to give back to the community'?"
The challenge will raise money for the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation, to be used to purchase a new ventilator.
Mr Fowler said the aim of the event was to raise $3000.
"This is our chance to help out the community, because everyone is going through uncertainty," he said.
"Hopefully three grand is achievable if we all get behind it.
"Across our PE department we already have 300 boys involved in the challenge at home, so hopefully on Saturday we will see them get involved."
He said the challenge would be no mean feat, despite the fact he had completed other more strenuous runs.
"We were approached by Ryan with this fantastic idea," Toowoomba Hospital Foundation corporate partnerships officer Dan Stewart said.
"In these trying times, the ventilators have been identified as a key product the health service requires.
"Like all organisations, we, too, are adapting and trying to focus as much energy as we can to combating COVID-19."
The school is calling for members of the public to join in the virtual run.
For those who prefer to watch, donations can be made here.