Southern Downs Regional Council parks ganger Emily Coy competed alongside Mayor Tracy Dobie and Deputy Mayor Jo McNally in the Darling Downs Hotel Road Race on Saturday.
Southern Downs Regional Council parks ganger Emily Coy competed alongside Mayor Tracy Dobie and Deputy Mayor Jo McNally in the Darling Downs Hotel Road Race on Saturday. Jayden Brown

Marathon mayor races into Warwick Pentath-run action

TRACY Dobie is no stranger to the intensity of a marathon event.

The Southern Downs Mayor is a Sydney Marathon winner, with 13 marathons under her belt.

For Cr Dobie, the atmosphere of the Warwick Pentath-run was far more relaxed and fun than anything she’s competed in before.

After running the Darling Downs Hotel Road Race on Saturday, the Mayor spoke of how impressed she was with the event.

“This is a much more fun event than a whole marathon,” she said.

“You can have a break and make new friends in between.”

The Mayor ran alongside Deputy Mayor Jo McNally and council parks and gardens worker Emily Coy.

After having more than a year off of competing, it was a tough job for Cr Dobie to pick up her pace

“It was very hard for me,” she said.

“The only training I’ve done is running with the dogs in the morning.”

At her peak fitness, Cr Dobie would run 4500km a year – competing in marathons across the country.

Her biggest win was the Sydney Marathon on Anzac Day in 1988.

“It’s lovely to see so many people competing,” she said.

“This event is very well organised, it’s a well-oiled machine.

“I would like to say a big congratulations to the organisers.”

The mayor is already looking ahead to next year’s pentath-run, with plans to run all five races.

“We’re planning on having a ladies team from the council next year,” she said.

“We might even challenge the men to put a team together.”



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