Group to hit park for fun

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

With only two ma­jor run­ning events on the Kar­ratha sports calendar each year, a new group is about to start hold­ing reg­u­lar com­mu­nity fun runs to give peo­ple more op­por­tu­ni­ties to hit the pave­ment.

Hav­ing formed in July in the lead-up to this year’s Kar­ratha City to Surf, the Pil­bara Run­ning Group has set its mem­bers their next chal­lenge in the form of its first 5km fun run around Cat­trall Park.

On Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 22, run­ners will do two 2.5km laps around the park, into sub­ur­ban Peg’s Creek and back, and re­ceive a time upon fin­ish­ing.

It is hoped the fun runs will be­come reg­u­lar in Kar­ratha, tak­ing place about ev­ery six weeks.

Pil­bara Run­ning Group coach Ka­t­rina Le Plas­trier, a for­mer pro­fes­sional run­ner and triath­lete, said the aim was to keep mem­bers’ mo­ti­va­tion high be­tween the big run­ning events in Kar­ratha.

“We hold a free com­mu­nity train­ing ses­sion each week, but then we thought we need some­thing for run­ners to train for and that’s how we came up with the idea of the fun run,” she said.

“Ev­ery­one in­volved in the club is look­ing for­ward to see­ing where they’re at with their run­ning, hav­ing a race and get­ting a time on the board to im­prove upon.”

Pil­bara Run­ning Group was formed through an Ac­tiv Foun­da­tion grant to train peo­ple for the City to Surf, but its coaches have con­tin­ued the for­mat since then.

The 5km fun run will be held at 7.30am at Cat­trall Park and is open to any­one in the com­mu­nity.

The Pil­bara Run­ning Group trains each Wed­nes­day at 5pm on the Leisure­plex Oval and peo­ple of all abil­i­ties are wel­come.

Pic­ture: Pil­bara Run­ning Group/ Face­book

The Pil­bara Run­ning Group is hold­ing the first of what will be­come reg­u­lar 5km fun runs on Oc­to­ber 22.

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