Emma Burgess


YRF Event Distance: 21 km

How did you become involved in the world of running:
By accident- signed up for the Delhi Half Marathon to raise money for a local charity there and realised that I could run 21km without stopping…..I haven’t looked back since!

What drives your passion to keep running:
Many things but mainly because it makes me feel good both physically and mentally, and has allowed me to meet many awesome people and travel to places I may not otherwise go!

What motivates you on those days that you just don’t want to run:
I find the best thing is to be accountable – so posting a run on the Emerald Runners Facebook page assists /forces me to get up or 0530am runs!

How many kilometres have you covered in preparation for YRF:
Well YRF is actually part of my training for a 100 km run at the Blackall100 on 21 Oct 2017 so I have covered a lot of km’s!

YRF race day goal:
Beat my half marathon PB! and hopefully watch other Emerald runners achieve their goals!


What will be your race day choice of footwear (Make/Model):
I’m digging my new New Balance Vonga (fresh foam)!

Any Pre-race ritual? And go to meal/nutrition before an event:
I can suffer pretty bad from GI stress so I keep it really simple the day before/morning before an event.
• Dinner is mainly plain pesto pasta (with a beer to relax any nerves).
• Breakfast is either porridge or peanut butter, banana and toast.
Pre-race ritual revolves around going to the toilet 10 times before the race starts!

Your number one tip for injury prevention:
In the last couple of years, I have introduced more strength training, yoga and replaced a run day with bike riding!

Your “local” hero? Why:
It’s not just one person but all the Emerald runners posse. Just seeing people achieve and exceed their (running) expectations keeps reminding me why I love running!

Favourite sporting quote:
‘Pain is just weakness leaving the body’

Best advice you’ve been given (Doesn’t have to be sports related):
You can do anything you put your mind to, you just have to believe!

Fav race:
There are too many awesome events to choose from, but other than Yeppoon the sense of achievement from completing events like Ultra-trail Australia 2017 and the Three Marathons in Three Days in Cairns is addictive!

Thanks Emma and best of luck in the 21km from everyone at the YRF Team.