New group ready to get up and run­ning

Dalby Herald - - WEEKENDER LIFE - Jessica Bahr jessica.bahr@dal­by­her­

THE prospect of get­ting out of bed early to ex­er­cise on week­ends may seem daunt­ing to some.

On Satur­day morn­ing, how­ever, or­gan­is­ers of a run­ning group are en­cour­ag­ing lo­cals to do ex­actly that.

This week­end, Dalby parkrun will be hold­ing its of­fi­cial launch, and ev­ery­body is in­vited.

Dalby parkrun di­rec­tor My­fanwy Schenk said parkrun has been tak­ing off all over Aus­tralia and other parts of the world for sev­eral years.

“It’s a free, timed, weekly 5km run. I think they’ve been go­ing in Aus­tralia for about six years and there are around 207 dif­fer­ent places where they’re held,” she said.

“I moved out here from Brisbane, my fam­ily are there, and they en­cour­aged me to go along there and I just loved it, I re­ally loved the com­mu­nity as­pect and loved see­ing peo­ple who weren’t healthy still get in­volved on a weekly ba­sis.

“So I came out here and thought I’d get it up and run­ning.”

The run will kick off at 7am from the cor­ner of Jim­bour and Ed­wards Sts, with or­gan­is­ers set­ting up from 6.30am.

In ad­di­tion to Dalby run­ners, Mrs Schenk said there would be parkrun en­thu­si­asts trav­el­ling from High­fields, War­wick, Ip­swich and Brisbane.

“I have met so many won­der­ful peo­ple by do­ing this. I drove to High­fields once when they needed vol­un­teers, and now they’re bring­ing a bus out of about 15 peo­ple out here,” she said.

“So even if you don’t know any­body, or you’re not a run­ner, get along to the launch – there will be some­body who will be go­ing a sim­i­lar speed, and we’ll go out for break­fast or cof­fee af­ter­wards.

“We’ll def­i­nitely have some peo­ple who can do it in un­der 20 min­utes, but oth­ers will walk and take an hour, and ev­ery­body is wel­come.

“We’ll even have vol­un­teer walk­ers who keep up the rear and make sure no­body gets left be­hind or is strug­gling.”

While the race it­self is free, par­tic­i­pants are re­quired to reg­is­ter on­line and print out a bar­code to bring in or­der to be timed and recorded.

De­spite last week­end’s heat­wave, Mrs Schenk said par­tic­i­pants need not be de­terred by warm weather.

“Just make sure to put sun­screen on, and we’ll run past a wa­ter foun­tain,” she said. “We’ll have Zooper Doop­ers at the fin­ish as well, so if that’s not an in­cen­tive I don’t know what is!

“I def­i­nitely en­cour­age ev­ery­body to get out of bed and come along.”


PARKRUN: Dalby parkrun will launch this Satur­day morn­ing.


BELL ART SHOW: Owls and The Pussy Cat by Teresa Mundt will be one of the pieces on dis­play.

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