Runners conquer 13.1 miles in Holy Half

first_imgWhether they were running to meet a personal goal, return to top physical condition, benefit local charities or spurred by other motivation, this year’s 1,300 Holy Half participants ensured the event’s continued success and recognition as a valued Notre Dame tradition. Low temperatures on Saturday posed the possibility of having to cancel the ninth-annual event, but by race time, runners received the go ahead from safety crews monitoring the event. Junior Connor Reider, running in his first Holy Half, commented favorably on the weather conditions at the start of the race. “When we started the race, the weather was beautiful. Once we were done, though, we were quickly reminded it was only 30 degrees outside,” Reider said. “The freezing wind combined with being soaked and not running around made a long warm shower even more appealing.” After volunteering for the event last year, Reider said he immediately added the event to his Notre Dame bucket list. While maintaining motivation often arose as a challenge throughout the training process and on race day, Reider said he held no regrets with his race experience. “I am definitely glad that I ran it and proud of my efforts. All my goals were met,” Reider said. “Plus, not everyone can say they have run a half-marathon.” Months of planning gave student programmers the assurance of successful race day operations. Junior Maria Murphy, lead programmer for the Holy Half, expressed complete satisfaction with the event. “The 2013 Holy Half was fantastic,” she said. “We had no major injuries, decent weather, lots of compliments on the course and overall experience, and a bunch of great volunteers who helped make the race a success. The race exceeded all of my expectations.” The official fundraising numbers have yet to be calculated, but Murphy estimated the event raised $35,000 for the Women’s Care Center and the Family Justice Center of St. Joseph’s County. Senior Ashley Markowski, director of the Student Union Board (SUB), echoed Murphy’s enthusiasm for the success of the event on race day. While responsibilities for Holy Half operations have shifted between groups during previous years, Markowski said SUB assumed command of programming and running the half marathon this year and into the future. “By placing the Holy Half under SUB, it gives it a permanent home under one organization,” she said. “This will hopefully make it more successful in future years as we will be able to make changes each year, based on the previous year’s experience.” Comments from community members and initial fundraising numbers for Saturday’s event certainly point towards future success for the Holy Half under its new leadership,” Murphy said. “In its nine years, the Holy Half Marathon has become a great Notre Dame tradition. I think the race has grown so much since its start because of the challenge the race itself presents to runners and the community-focused nature of the event,” Murphy said. “Runners can challenge themselves physically and, at the same time, help those in their community. The race is about so much more than running.”last_img read more

Buyer surge outstripping homes coming up for sale

first_img The Ferguson home at 19 Kitchener Road, Ascot, is on the market now amid major demand for new listings. The pool was relocated on the site plan to create more green space around the home at 19 Kitchener Road, Ascot.He added that while COVID-19 restrictions had affected stock in the past 28 days, total listings as at May 21 was down 21 per cent compared with the same time last year. “Ray White Queensland is exceptionally proud to still have more than 5500 properties for sale. This is excluding rural, industrial and commercial properties.” Pent-up demand during COVID means “we are genuinely selling more than we’re listing”.“Data is showing high levels of pre-approvals for finance, so people can act quickly on fewer properties that are available. Pre-approval applications are up too,” Mr Warland said. “The amount of motivated buyers that my office has had has encouraged us to sell. There’s a lot of confidence in the market. I feel a good feeling with listings being so low, there’s a distinct lack of competition.” He said his office had more than 140 groups of buyers through open homes last Saturday, with 10 properties sold in seven days.Mr Ferguson said he, wife Tonja, and daughters Annabel, 16 and Holly 9, bought the Kitchener Road property six years ago and undertook an all-out renovation for what was to be their “forever home”. Home built by pokies heir has jaw dropping twin pools MORE: Massive mega mansion record price revealed Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Tony Warland, the Queensland chief executive of Ray White, one of the nation’s biggest estate agencies, said data showed that over the past 28 days, new listings were down more than 40 per cent in Brisbane, compared with the same period last year, when demand was rising.center_img Ray White Queensland chief executive Tony Warland The fireplace at 19 Kitchener Road, Ascot, is perfect for chilly Queensland winter evenings.This comes as the company gears up for more than 650 open for inspections next weekend.“The data from the portals and from our own website shows that digital traffic has never been higher, so there’s a lot of people looking to buy, which is a great landscape for our sellers.” Ray White Ascot principal Dwight Ferguson said high demand led he and wife Tonja to put their home at 19 Kitchener Rd, Ascot, on the market. “I have never seen so many buyer inquiries than right now. All the signs are there, because stock is so critically low, which means the supply-demand balance is tipped in favour of vendors.” he said. Coronavirus restrictions trigger rare sale on former Pink Palace site Homes are now selling faster than listings can be added, with data from the past seven days showing that properties sold outstripped new listings by 35 per cent, Mr Warland said. A play area for children was created in a new grassy zone at 19 Kitchener Road, Ascot. Hundreds of thousands of dollars went into creating outdoor entertainment and play spaces at 19 Kitchener Road, Ascot.“We did the whole lot, no expense was spared. It was like an open wallet situation as it was our forever home,” he said, “but we are very motivated sellers now.” The resort-style home is on a big 1,118sq m block with a 37.1m frontage, a full-size tennis court and a glass-framed swimming pool. “There are five bedrooms, three of those have ensuites. We filled the pool and put a new pool in, relocated it and that’s made it a family-friendly home with grass right around the property in three separate areas. There’s a kids playground, downstairs entertainment area and tennis court with artificial grass and a new playing surface. We moved the garage to the street level and turned the garage into a gym.”  FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTERlast_img read more