6.30am to 8am
Runs starts at 6.30, so prepare to get there at 6am
North Burleigh Lookout will see hundreds of people gather to run laps in nothing but their swim trunks as part of the annual event, The Budgie Run, which raises funds and awareness for Movember.
The Budgie Run founders Matty Palmer, Anthony Bartolo and Ali Day are expected to be joined by 250 people as they participate together to spread awareness and fundraise for a goal of $10,000 for men’s health charity Movember when the event returns for a fourth year this Saturday, 19 November.
“We’re super passionate about men’s health, both physical and mental, and creating community,” The Budgie Run co-founder Matty Palmer said.
“It’s all about being vulnerable, stripping down and being outside of your comfort zone with other people. Running up the hill half naked is definitely a test of one’s character, but it really highlights the power of people and how they can help you get through though moments.”
Mates Matty and Anthony first brought the event to life in 2019 to breakdown stigmas, raise awareness and celebrate men’s health through building connections within the local community.
“Anthony and I are from the same hometown in country Queensland, near Mackay. We grew up in an area full of community and social connection, whether through local events or sporting activities such as at the swimming pool,” Matty said.
“When we both relocated to the Gold Coast, we wanted to create that sense of community here. We wanted to create a safe environment full of social connection, and one that celebrated and spread awareness for men’s health.”
Participation in The Budgie Run is free. Stripping down to budgies or swimwear and running laps up and down the gruelling North Burleigh Lookout hill is welcomed, but is not required.
“Everybody is welcome – bring your friends and family. Come have fun, strip down and celebrate men’s health with us. You don’t have to be fit. It’s up to you if you’d like to run one lap or 20. We can’t do it without you,” Anthony said.
“The idea for this event is to remind us that when times are tough and we are feeling vulnerable, we too can get through that with the support of those around us.”
Movember is a charity and annual event involving growing moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness for men’s health such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide.