SIX years ago, Padbury woman Sarah Beck decided to focus her love of running on a greater purpose.
Having a brother with cerebral palsy, Ms Beck wanted to unite friends and family to raise money for the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre in Melbourne, with the aim of completing her first 42km race in the 2013 Melbourne Marathon.
And she hasn’t looked back since, continuing to run “for those that can’t”, believing that being able to run a marathon is a real privilege.
“When the pain kicks in, I smile and focus on putting one foot in front of the other because I can and so many others can’t,” she said.
Ms Beck has competed in some of the most prestigious long distance races around the world, including the 89km Comarades Ultra Marathon in South Africa and the Great Wall of China, New York City and London marathons.
Wherever possible, her biggest fan and brother Steven is waiting to congratulate her at the finish line.
“Steven is the first face I see as I cross the finish line of many of my races,” Ms Beck said.
“He loves to cheer me on and give me high fives as I pass by, not to mention steal my medallions for his own trophy cabinet.”
As a 2019 Perth Running Festival champion, Ms Beck has signed up to complete another marathon on Sunday, October 6.
“Running in Perth is beautiful,” she said.
“The river views make for a scenic run and finishing inside Optus Stadium is the perfect environment for a sprint finish.”
The Perth Running Festival is will see runners of all ages, fitness levels and experience racing for a new personal best along the banks of the Swan River in the 4km family fun run/walk or 10km, half marathon and marathon distances.
Runners will cross the Matagarup Bridge and experience a big screen finish as they run on the playing turf through the finish arch inside Optus Stadium.
To register, visit www.perthrunningfestival.com.au.