Warehouse stockman Lance Garbutt, 28, from Doonside will be an inspiration to many when he competes in the Sydney Morning Herald Sun Run on February 1.
In two years he has gone from weighing 200 kilograms and drinking 30-40 litres of soft drink a week to weighing 140kg and completing his first ultra marathon (50km) earlier this month.
Mr Garbutt said after giving up soft drinks, he made a bucket list with about 5000 things on it.
From abseiling and parasailing to bridge climbing, he has ticked about 800 things off his list.
Mr Garbutt said his fiance encouraged him to change his lifestyle after learning that his father was diabetic.
He did this by spending about two hours a day in a gym five days a week and participating in running and walking events during the weekend.
‘‘I feel good after giving up soft drinks and during exercises in the gym and running in the weekend,’’ he said.
‘‘It made me do a bucket list of things I want to do to enjoy living my life.
‘‘I want to further reduce my weight to 110-115kg as I want to do more things including skydiving, driving a V8 super car and dancing.’’
Mr Garbutt said by the time he completed the list he would be able to participate in every running event in Sydney and then Australia.
Entries are now open for the Sydney Morning Herald Sun Run and the Sydney Morning Herald Cole Classic on February 1 and February 2, respectively.
She said the family-friendly events welcomed participants of all levels to a fun-filled weekend featuring the Dee Why to Manly Sun Run - an event which boasts a new 10km course on top of its existing 6.7km course — and the Cole Classic with its 1km, 2km and 9km swims.
Participants are encouraged to raise funds for more than 800 charities across Australia, including the Dee Why and Manly Surf Life Saving Clubs – with the fund-raising target set this year at $200,000.