Run­ning to 1st birth­day

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Some­thing for ev­ery­one in weekly events

KEEN run­ners from around the St Ge­orge dis­trict marked one year of weekly park runs on Satur­day, cel­e­brat­ing the so­cial gath­er­ings as a great way to get fit.

Run in cities and towns around the world, parkrun par­tic­i­pants run free and weekly on timed five kilo­me­tre cour­ses.

Parkrun St Ge­orge event di­rec­tor An­gela Garner said they are open to ev­ery­one.

“They are free, and are safe and easy to take part in.”

Since the first run in St Ge­orge on De­cem­ber 2, 2017, 278 par­tic­i­pants have com­pleted 1,058 park runs.

“They have covered a to­tal dis­tance of 5,290 kilo­me­tres, in­clud­ing 273 new per­sonal bests.

“50 in­di­vid­u­als have also vol­un­teered 231 times.”

On the spe­cial an­niver­sary run on Satur­day, 27 peo­ple ran, jogged or walked the course, in­clud­ing 11 who were first-timers, and two recorded per­sonal bests.

“This week we had run­ners from Bris­bane, Gold Coast, Toowoomba and Roma who had all trav­elled to par­tic­i­pate in this event.

“We even had one par­tic­i­pant, Brian Wip­pell, who trav­elled to St Ge­orge to cel­e­brate his 200th parkrun with us.”

Ms Garner said parkrun was im­por­tant as it en­cour­ages peo­ple to get out­side and have reg­u­lar ex­er­cise.

“It also fo­cuses on de­vel­op­ing a com­mu­nity through the work of our vol­un­teers, and par­tic­i­pants who en­cour­age each other along the way.

“It is a won­der­ful way to meet new peo­ple of all ages, and has also helped to boost tourism in St Ge­orge, with many peo­ple trav­el­ling from out­side the dis­trict just to take part in these weekly events.

Ms Garner said their group was al­ways open to new re­cruits, with the events tak­ing place each week, start­ing at the boat ramp on Satur­days from 7am.

“Thank you to all the event di­rec­tors, vol­un­teers, and parkrun­ners who have turned up each Satur­day morn­ing.

“Whether it be freez­ing, rain­ing, or ex­tremely hot weather to make our St Ge­orge parkrun event so suc­cess­ful.

“It would be fan­tas­tic if we could get even more peo­ple in­volved in our sec­ond year.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

RUN­NING AS ONE: St Ge­orge parkrun mem­bers cel­e­brate their first year as a club.

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