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Keen marathon runner and new mum Natalie Arnold will take on a fresh new fitness challenge in January, with her newborn Lachlan and husband cheering her on from the sideline.

After swimming two to three times a week in the pool to stay fit during her pregnancy, she is looking forward to training again and completing the Burleigh Swim Run on 27 January 2020, sponsored by Slater and Gordon Lawyers.

The former sports project manager worked on various Olympic events, including the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, became the youngest Aussie to run a marathon on all seven continents unassisted.

Ms Arnold, who started to run while living and working overseas, said she would participate in the 10th annual event at Burleigh before completing the Cairns Ironman in June next year.

“It’s an achievable distance and a great way to start the day. I needed to have something to look forward to and challenge me,” she said.

“Ocean swimming is great for fitness. I love the variety of the run and ocean swim along our beaches and the fact that it’s a great local event.

“Everyone has a BBQ afterwards in the Burleigh parklands.”

Slater and Gordon Gold Coast Senior Associate Lucinda Veldman said the much-loved community event attracted participants from all over Australia.

“The event has many options from the 200m ocean swim and 2km beach run to a more challenging race option, with categories for children to seniors,” Ms Veldman said.

“It’s always wonderful to see the number of children involved. It’s a fantastic event for the coast allowing participants to set a fitness goal for themselves, to take part in as a family or with friends and to spend time together at Burleigh Heads after the races.

“Ty Dowker the event organiser and his team create a wonderful atmosphere on the day and weekly community surf swimming sessions will begin in November leading up to the big event.”

Ms Arnold said she wasn’t always such a keen runner, despite securing second place in the ladies marathon in Antarctica last year.

“I started running from scratch and started with smaller ones, a couple of 2km runs and tried my first marathon,” Ms Arnold said.

“After a few months, I found I really enjoyed running. Doing the local marathon in a city was a good way to see places and cities.

“I used to plan my holidays around marathons. I would go to somewhere I hadn’t been before which looked cool. Antarctica was final continent I did last year.

“It was hard to get a place as they only take about 50 runners per year. You have to take a special flight to the Antarctic Circle. I trained really hard for it.”

Entries are open to everyone from children aged 5 years to adults 60 years and older on the Burleigh Swim Run website.

Want to learn more? Watch the 2019 Burleigh Swim Run video.

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