By The Canberra Times
He's a six-time Paralympic gold medallist, Kokoda trekker,
Kilimanjaro climber and world record-breaker.
Now Michael Milton has returned to the city where it all began to raise
money for the Westpac Foundation at The Canberra Times Fun Run
on September 4.
The Paralympic skier, cyclist and paratriathlete will take part in his
third fun run in his home town, this time as the face of major sponsor
He has come a long way since his first fun run when, just out of high
school, he went sailboarding straight after the race and became extremely
"I could not move [the day after]; I was struggling to get out of bed,"
"I think it was a combination of the run and the dehydration. After being
an elite athlete now for a long, long time I don't make those sort of
stupid mistakes any more."
Since then, Milton has taken out six gold, three silver and two bronze
medals as a skiier in the 1992, 1994, 2002 and 2006 Winter Paralympics,
as well as joining the Australian cycling team at the 2008 Summer
On top of his Paralympic achievements, Milton has completed a marathon,
walked the Kokoda Track twice, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and competed in
two world paratriathlon championships.
Milton is not yet sure whether he will take part in the full 14km run or
opt for the 5km run with his children, however, he is hoping to recruit
friends to join him.
He will be one of the faces of the Westpac Foundation on the day, helping
to raise money for numerous not-for-profit organisations.
For him, the timing of this year's fun run just days before the 2016
Paralympic Games opening ceremony is both a blessing and a curse.
While watching the Olympics is cutting into his training schedule, he
said the focus on sport and athletics ahead of the fun run would probably
encourage more people to get active.
"Fun runs are great on so many levels; they bring the community together,
they encourage people to be fit and healthy," he said. "I think this
comes together to make The Canberra Times Fun Run a great
The Canberra Times Fun Run is on Sunday, September 4.
Register at canberratimesfunrun.com.au.