HEAD START: Mischka McGrath is excited to be involved in this year’s Gold Coast Airport Marathon.
HEAD START: Mischka McGrath is excited to be involved in this year’s Gold Coast Airport Marathon. Photo CONTRIBUTED

Mischka runs for love

MISCHKA McGrath has been known to cry as she runs around Rockhampton's streets.

So it will be no surprise if she sheds a few tears when she competes in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon this July to raise funds for cancer in honour of her grandfather who died from prostate cancer.

Mischka, 38, decided last year she would combine her love of running and her desire to give back to the cancer council by competing in the marathon and raising money.

"My grandfather was a competitive sprint runner in Australia and he used to train me when I was younger on the Gold Coast," she said.

"I did little athletics when I was 10 and he used run laps at the oval with me to help me train. He was a strong running influence for me, I can feel him with me when I run so I can get quite emotional and I've been known to cry when I run, sometimes it's what keeps me going and pushing through."

She started with the Rocky River run three years ago and decided to keep going.

"At the time I had a friend whose sister was going through breast cancer treatment and she kept saying she wished she could run in these types of events but couldn't. I just kept thinking to myself, I should run for the people who can't and that's what I set my mind to.

"I also just really love running. I just love being at peace with myself and having that time to myself as work and being a parent can be very demanding so running is where I find my inner peace."

Mischka will run 21km in the 2016 Gold Coast Airport Marathon, held July 2-3. To support Mischka, visit everydayhero.com.au and search Mischka.


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