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Big apple race is sweet for Steve

Hervey Bay’s Steve Page trains at Point Vernon before leaving to race in the New York City Marathon this weekend.
Hervey Bay’s Steve Page trains at Point Vernon before leaving to race in the New York City Marathon this weekend. Nat Bromhead

STEVE Page is not afraid of pushing his body to the limit.

He's completed four gruelling 42.195km marathons in his running career.

The 37-year-old from Hervey Bay has pounded the streets during the Gold Coast Marathon three times and he has also finished the Seoul Marathon.

Now he's got his sights firmly pinned on finishing the world's largest marathon, the New York City Marathon.

Page will hit the streets of the Big Apple this weekend and he said he cannot wait to tuck into the course that will see the runner's race through all five boroughs of New York City before finishing in Central Park.

"It's the biggest and the best race in the world and I am so excited I've got the chance to run in it," Page, who finished an impressive 21st overall in a time of 2.33.39secs in the Gold Coast Marathon this year, said.

"It really is a dream come true.

"To run through the streets of such a great city before finishing in Central Park is going to be a unique experience and something I am sure I will never forget."

Page got the chance to run in the famous race because his time in the Gold Coast event was good enough to qualify.

Since finding out that was the case, he hasn't sat back and taken it easy - far from it.

A member of the Fraser Coast Runners and Walkers Club, Page had been running up to 100km a week in training before he flew out of Australia on Sunday.

"This is a chance of a lifetime for me and I intend to make the most of it," he said.

"You have to put in the work if you want to finish a marathon - there are no second chances."

Page plans to hit the streets as soon as he arrives in New York and he's sure his training runs won't be anything like some he has done this year.

"I check power lines for a living and my job takes me to some remote parts of the country for weeks at a time," he said.

"All I've seen on some is kangaroos and emus and not a single car or a person in sight.

"I don't think that will be the case in New York."

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