Parkrun grows in pop­u­lar­ity

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO SPORT - Richard Springo­rum

DE­SPITE the tor­ren­tial heavy rains and cold weather, avid parkrun com­peti­tors still turned out for the 5km route from the Zu­l­u­land Multi Sport Club in Richards Bay on Satur­day.

The pop­u­lar fam­ily event is run ev­ery Satur­day morn­ing at 7am and has seen an in­creased aver­age of 320 ath­letes com­pet­ing.

The route caters for all road pounders and pro­vides a fun and safe en­vi­ron­ment for ath­letes to get their train­ing run in for the day.

Ath­letes start at the Zu­l­u­land Multi Sport Club and mi­grate down a gravel road past the Bay Hall which links into a sin­gle for­est track sec­tion, be­fore loop­ing back onto the gravel road which heads back to­wards the Bay Hall.

Com­peti­tors then com­plete a loop sec­tion on Pel­i­can Is­land be­fore head­ing back to the club house.

To join the parkrun fam­ily, one must reg­is­ter on­line for a unique bar­code which al­lows in­di­vid­u­als to see their times and their rank­ing in their age group within the coun­try.

The mis­sion of the event is to pro­vide free, timed 5km runs to ev­ery com­mu­nity in the coun­try, there­fore in­creas­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion within sports in SA and slowly mak­ing the coun­try hap­pier and health­ier.

To reg­is­ter go to www.parkrun. co.za.

Jac­qui Nel is an avid parkrun run­ner

Leo Mat­tioda en­joys the chal­leng­ing 5km route

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