Myrtleford Times

Parkrun to kick off in Myrtleford on Saturday

- By LEAH ANDERSON-BYRNE

THANKS to the dedication and passion of local community members, Myrtleford is getting its very own Parkrun, commencing this Saturday.

The group, which was supported by the Active Alpine Group with representa­tion from Alpine Health and Gateway Health, is looking for volunteers for the new event.

Parkrun is a free weekly timed 5km walk/jog/run with 408 locations across Australia including Bright, Mt Beauty, Wangaratta, Wodonga and thousands of internatio­nal locations.

Event director for the Ovens River Trail Parkrun, Maureen Ryland, said it’s “fantastic” to see Myrtleford getting a parkrun of its own.

“It is such a great event for the community that not only attracts locals but tourists as well,” she said.

“To have a regular, weekly event that is fun and free is something we really need after the last 12 months.

“Thanks to the financial support of Bendigo Bank, Alpine Shire, Alpine Health and Myrtleford Rotary the birth of Ovens River Trail parkrun was made possible.”

The Ovens River Trail parkrun

will be run entirely by volunteers each week on a roster system.

With enough volunteers people do not have to commit to helping weekly.

Some of the parkrun volunteer roles include run director, time keeper, bar code scanner,

marshals and tail walker to walk the end of the course so no one gets left behind.

If you are interested in volunteeri­ng for parkrun please email ovensriver­trail@parkrun.com.

The Ovens River Trail parkrun will be launched this Saturday at

Rotary Park just over the swing bridge at 7.50am for an 8am start.

Once off registrati­on can be found at www.parkrun.com.au/ register/ please print your personal barcode and bring it.

For more informatio­n contact Ruth Wallace on 0409 706 307.

 ??  ?? RARING TO GO: Excited to get Parkrun going in Myrtleford are (from left) Bec and Lexie Piazza, Molly Cuskelly, Maureen Ryland, Vanessa Leonard, Dave and Ruth Wallace and Tony Cuskelly.
RARING TO GO: Excited to get Parkrun going in Myrtleford are (from left) Bec and Lexie Piazza, Molly Cuskelly, Maureen Ryland, Vanessa Leonard, Dave and Ruth Wallace and Tony Cuskelly.

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