Inspirational marathon runner Anderson ‘Ando’ Moquiuti who is pacing not one, but two events in this year’s Gold Coast Marathon has warned ‘the dark times will come’ for the first timers, and those pushing for PBs on 6-7 July.
Ando also reveals that by pushing through the darkness and the doubts, runners will cross the finish line to ‘a life that shines brighter than ever before’.
The Southern Cross University 10km Run holds a special place for the Brazilian-born Australian. In 2005 he was struck down by the rare and extremely debilitating Guillain-Barré Syndrome, which attacks the nervous system.
His illness and lengthy rehabilitation process included a period when he was told by doctors that he may never walk but Ando refused to accept that diagnosis and battled the doubts.
As he emerged from his own ‘dark times’, the avid surfer decided in 2010 to put his toe into the water of the running world.
“When I was in hospital one of the physios suggested that ‘when the waves are too crowded to surf, why not try running’,” he recalled.
“I decided that the 10km was a good place to start.”
Since then, Ando has become a running phenomenon. The now 40-year-old has competed in numerous marathons and ultramarathons.
On Gold Coast Marathon weekend he will be running as a Pat Carroll Online & Onland Pacer in both the Southern Cross University 10km Run and the Gold Coast Marathon for 3 hours and 10 mins.