Thousands of keen runners hit the pavement in the 2019 Chevron City to Surf on 25 August, including Haylee Slater of Gingin who enjoyed great success in the marathon.
21-year-old Haylee placed third out of all female entrants and first in her age division with a net time of 3:18:53.23 — an impressive pace of 4:42 min/km!
“Crossing the finish line, I was overwhelmed with a sense of a relief and excitement. I could finally call myself a ‘marathoner’ after months of training!” said Haylee.
“Seeing my mum at the finish line and receiving my third-place medallion was the ultimate end to one of my proudest achievements to date.”
City to Surf for Activ is one of WA’s most loved community sporting events and attracts participants from around Australia and overseas.
The marathon and half marathon courses wind along the beautiful Swan River and the picturesque Kings Park Botanic Gardens — although it is unlikely Haylee was taking time to admire the view! With marathon running being one of the most mentally and physically demanding long-distance running events, her focus was firmly on the race.
“Marathon running gives me the opportunity to step outside my comfort zone and push new limits, both mentally and physically. It feels quite special to be part of a small community of people that can call themselves marathon runners.”