Marathon journey for men’s health


Two men, including one who’s legally blind, started a marathon journey from Brisbane to Sydney today.

The project aims to highlight indigenous men’s health.

Caitlin Hargrave reports.

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Steve Widders and Mick Adams have a long road ahead.

The pair will walk and cycle along the coast to Sydney’s Redfern Park to promote men’s health issues.

They left at 10am today on the 10th day of the 10th month. The 57 and 65-year olds hope to motivate men to become healthier.

Mick Adams, QUT Faculty of Health: “We want to lead by example, to show that middle aged men can be physically fit and it’s important for even healthy men to be looking after their health.”

Steve Widders, Marathon rider: “We want to put a challenge out to other men particularly aboriginal men to say yous do something about your health too.”

The project invites others to improve their physical and mental health.

Selwyn Button, Qld Aboriginal Health Council: “It certainly is a worthwhile thing and it doesn’t happen enough, I’m more than happy to get behind and jump on a bike today with these guys to give as much support as I can as well.”

Steve has been blind for more than 20 years and will be riding a tandem bicycle with different volunteers along the way.

Following his own health issues, Steve set out to become healthier and made it his obligation to provide support and direction to others.

The walk and cycle will take Steve and Mick from Brisbane to Sydney over the next two weeks, covering a distance of over 1,000 kilometres.”

The pair hope to reach Sydney by October 24.

Caitlin Hargrave, QUT News.