Olympic gold medallist to wave off 2012 MRA GP Run: Issued 17 August 2012
MEDIA RELEASE: 17 August 2012
Australia’s 2012 Olympic gold medallist Sally Pearson has been announced as the celebrity guest for the 14th annual 2012 MRA Cranbourne GP Run on Saturday 27 October 2012.
Sally won gold in London with a dramatic victory in the 100m hurdles, setting a new Olympic record of 12.35 seconds, making her a dual Olympic medallist after receiving a silver medal for the same event in Beijing 2008.
Sally is the current 100m hurdle World Champion and was named the IAAF Best Female Athlete in the world in 2011.
Sally will wave off thousands of riders who will travel en-masse from Cranbourne to Phillip Island for the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.
At 17 years old Sally wanted to become Australia’s next track and field champion. By age 20 Sally had made her mark anchoring Australia’s 4 x 100 m Relay Team at the World Championships, she was Australia’s champion at 100m sprints and the 100m
Since then, Sally has been a dedicated athlete who set her sights on achieving gold at the 2012 London Olympics and is a great role model for young Australians.
Thousands of people will gather to join Sally in the wave off as Cranbourne’s streets will come alive with free entertainment and activities in what has become the City of Casey’s biggest and most popular free event.
The 2012 MRA Cranbourne GP Run will be held on Saturday 27 October 2012 in High Street, Cranbourne. The event starts at 8.15am with Sally to wave the riders off from a cherry picker at 10am.
Childers, Bakewell and Lyall Streets and Greg Clydesdale Square will add to the day’s celebration with a range of stall holders, activities and entertainment for the whole family from 8.15am.
For more information contact City of Casey’s Customer Service on 9705 5200 or visit www.casey.vic.gov.au/gprun.
The 2012 MRA Cranbourne GP Run is proudly supported by the Motorcycle Riders Association Australia (MRA), Victoria Police, Star News Group and Cranbourne Chamber of Commerce.