ANZAC Day is arguably Australia’s most important national day as it marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

In Brisbane every year there are plenty of opportunities for people to pay respects at official and casual events around the region, including concerts, parades and commemorations. This year however there is a new addition, the inaugural ANZAC Run.

97.3fm is proud to launch Brisbane’s inaugural ANZAC Run this April with people from all walks of life encouraged to take part and salute our military and first responders.

Like the ANZAC tradition itself, the annual event will pride itself on community, mateship and solidarity, and the spirit of enterprise and freedom for all.

The chair of the Victorian ANZAC Centenary Committee and former Premier of Victoria, the Hon. Ted Baillieu says launching the ANZAC Run would create further awareness of the centenary of ANZAC and the geography, history and politics of the Great War.

“The message of this run is one of self-sacrifice, mateship, integrity and a commitment to the very essence of what it means to be an Australian.

“It is a strong demonstration of honouring those who went before and to ensure that their memories are never lost.

“I have no doubt that all the runners and walkers on the course will push themselves as a reminder of the foundations upon which out freedom and lifestyle is based, and to ensure that these sacrifices are never taken for granted,” he says.

You can join a vibrant, exhilarating and uplifting run that’s energetic and fun, and which commemorates the Australian and New Zealand servicemen and women who served the nation and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

There are two distance options, 6km or 12km, both starting from the Eternal Flame in Ann Street and finishing at the Kurilpa Park.

ANZAC Run 2014 proudly honours the many thousands of fathers, brothers, sons and mates in the theatres of war of the last century through to today’s combat zones. It affirms the open-hearted and unifying spirit of all Australians.

Check out our event guide for the full information on the event and how to register.

How do you commemorate ANZAC Day? Will you register for Brisbane’s first inaugural ANZAC run?