The Pinnacle of fitness: one gym’s running battle to beat depression

DETERMINED: Staff and members of Orange’s Anytime Fitness gym (front) Samaneh Habibi, personal trainer Leisa Green, club manager Megan Griffin, Lauren Bremner, Clint Kelly, (back) Zeb Swain, Lee Follett, Jimmy Douehi and Aaron Rossi will take part in the fun run to assist Beyond Blue on Saturday.Photo: ALEXANDRA KING 0519akfunrun1

DETERMINED: Staff and members of Orange’s Anytime Fitness gym (front) Samaneh Habibi, personal trainer Leisa Green, club manager Megan Griffin, Lauren Bremner, Clint Kelly, (back) Zeb Swain, Lee Follett, Jimmy Douehi and Aaron Rossi will take part in the fun run to assist Beyond Blue on Saturday.Photo: ALEXANDRA KING 0519akfunrun1

RUNNING up the Pinnacle may not sound like the easiest way to beat depression, but members and staff at orange gym Anytime Fitness are determined to make a difference on Saturday.

The fun run to raise money for depression awareness charity Beyond Blue will begin at the bottom of the steps on the Pinnacle walk in the Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area, with teams of four taking part in a relay to the top of the summit.

The gym hosts monthly charity events which are usually open only to members, but club manager Megan Griffin said they wanted to get as many people involved as possible.

“We chose Beyond Blue because doing exercise releases endorphins, which are the chemicals in your body that make you feel happy and relaxed,” Ms Griffin said. “Exercise helps beat depression.”

Each team member must make their way to the top of the Pinnacle, collect a token and run back down to the base of the steps. There they’ll tag the next runner. 

The team with the most tokens at the end of the hour will win the event.

A sausage sizzle will be available, and spectators are also encouraged to come along and watch for a gold coin donation. 

Ms Griffin said the fun run was about supporting Beyond Blue and those who live with depression, not who wins at the end of the day.

“We’ve raised over $1000 for charities in the past,” Ms Griffin said. “We just want more people to be interested in health and fitness, and we’re trying to be more of a community-based gym.”

Teams of four can register at the gym or on the day for $20 per team. For information call 6362 7333.

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