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Vitols family walk the walk

Tuesday, 6th August, 2013

Richard and Phillip Vitols will be participating in the City2Surf on Sunday. Richard and Phillip Vitols will be participating in the City2Surf on Sunday.

By Emily Roberts

Sydney’s famous City2Surf is no walk in the park but local doctor Phillip Vitols and his father, Richard, are quite the regulars.

In January, the Vitols family, including Phillip’s mother Inge, competed in the Cole Classic at Manly Beach at Sydney.

This time, it will be just Phillip and Richard participating in the 14 kilometre fun run.

“This is my 16th year in a row I have participated in the City2Surf,” Phillip said.

“I first started when I was working at the Sydney Children’s Hospital.

“After that, I just kept doing it.”

Phillip said he has done it by himself and with friends.

“Mum used to do it and Dad has been doing it for about 10 years,” he said.

To get prepared, Phillip has been exercising around Broken Hill.

“I do a lot of walking around Broken Hill, when my parents, who are from Sydney, come into town we go on walks together,” he said.

“I also have a dog, which I chase around the park.”

Phillip is raising money for Willyama High School.

“In the past I have taken a bucket for donations and money gets given to different charities, but I wanted to do something locally,” he said.

He said he isn’t concerned about placing, but would just like to finish the race.

“There are many health benefits to walking - even someone with a few extra kilos,” Phillip said.

“You get out and you do something - any activity is better than none.

“Anyone of any age or fitness level can compete in something like this.”

To donate visit https://city2surf2013.everydayhero.com/au/phillip-vitols.

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