Spring launch for Hor­sham parkrun

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - – Sarah Scully

Two Hor­sham run­ning en­thu­si­asts are look­ing to de­liver a new pro­ject in­cor­po­rat­ing health, well­be­ing and tourism ben­e­fits and an ‘un­der­used’ Wim­mera River.

An­drew Sos­theim and Candice Muszki­eta are work­ing to es­tab­lish a Hor­sham parkrun, which they hope to launch in spring this year.

Parkruns are weekly, free, five-kilo­me­tre timed events run around the world.

Mr Sos­theim said there were parkruns in al­most 300 lo­ca­tions.

“They are free, fun and easy to par­tic­i­pate in and are fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity events,” he said.

“I’ve been think­ing about how to set up a parkrun event in Hor­sham for some time and then a post popped up on a lo­cal buy, swap and sell Face­book page from ex-wim­mera girl An­drea Draper, ask­ing why Hor­sham didn’t yet have one.

“Af­ter plenty of com­ments and tag­ging by some in­ter­ested lo­cals, Candice and I have set up a group of in­ter­ested vol­un­teers and helpers to get our vi­sion to a launch date.”

Mr Sos­theim said the Hor­sham course would in­cor­po­rate the new An­zac Cen­te­nary Bridge and river paths.

“Getting peo­ple ac­tive while show­cas­ing our beau­ti­ful and un­der­used river will be awe­some. I have no doubt the com­mu­nity will em­brace it,” he said.

Mr Sos­theim said the vol­un­teers had sub­mit­ted a grant ap­pli­ca­tion to Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil for one-off ini­tial start-up costs.

“Along with great health and well­be­ing ben­e­fits for any­one who par­tic­i­pates, we ex­pect the pro­ject will also de­liver a tourism boost,” he said.

“Peo­ple come from all over Aus­tralia and the world to visit dif­fer­ent parkruns. There were 800 par­tic­i­pants at a Queens­land launch last week­end, so our event would be an­other tourism draw­card for the Wim­mera.”

Mr Sos­theim said Nhill, Ararat and Hamil­ton com­mu­ni­ties hosted parkruns ev­ery Satur­day at 8am.

He said more in­for­ma­tion would be avail­able prior to the launch date and any­one in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing could call him on 0419 825 894.

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