Alpine Observer

Successful launch of parkrun

- By LAURIE SULLIVAN

DESPITE the chilly 5â°C on Saturday morning, 41 people representi­ng eight clubs entered Myrtleford’s inaugural weekly Ovens River Trail parkrun at Rotary Park.

With representa­tion from Alpine Health and Gateway Health, the Active Alpine Group encourages people to come along and take part each week.

“We’re thrilled to be able support this communityl­ed initiative,” said Maureen Ryland, of Alpine Health.

“It was the result of an approach from a member of the community inspired by the Alpine Active Living mapping project.

“Covid hindered our plans initially, but an enthusiast­ic group of community members have made it a reality.”

Myrtleford is Australia’s 411th parkrun and was possible through the financial support of Bendigo Bank, Alpine Shire, Alpine Health, and Myrtleford Rotary.

Event director, Ruth Wallace, was delighted with the turnout of locals and visitors.

“Thank you to all participan­ts and volunteers

- it was great to see so many people support our launch and brave the chilly conditions,” she said.

Organisers are looking for more volunteers to fill roles each week, including run director, time keeper, bar code scanner, marshals and tail walker, who ensures no-one gets left behind.

If you can volunteer please email ovensriver­trail@ parkrun.com

The Ovens River Trail parkrun will occur every Saturday at 8am.

To register go to www. parkrun.com.au/register/ to print your personal barcode and bring it on the day.

 ??  ?? READY, SET.: Mayor Cr John Forsythe, Emily Hurley, Vanessa Leonard, Maria Tams, Ruth Wallace, Maureen Ryland, Dave Wallace and Graham Gales were among those helping to kick off parkrun in Myrtleford last Saturday morning..
READY, SET.: Mayor Cr John Forsythe, Emily Hurley, Vanessa Leonard, Maria Tams, Ruth Wallace, Maureen Ryland, Dave Wallace and Graham Gales were among those helping to kick off parkrun in Myrtleford last Saturday morning..

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