Airlie Beach parkrunners welcome 10 new participants to the fold
RUNNING: A total of 82 runners and walkers got the weekend off to a great start by lacing up their joggers and laying their trainers to the tarmac at the Airlie Beach parkrun on Saturday morning.
Chief executive officer of parkrun Australia and Airlie’s own Tim Oberg ran his 250th event and was adorned with a pink tutu and balloons before heading out to tackle the 5km course.
The event was made possible by volunteers including Vanessa Corbett, Robyn Corrigan, Jennifer Heatley, Sylvie Martin, Kelvin Parkin and Maree Reardon.
Athletes took part from various running clubs including Whitsunday Running Club, Multisport Gold, Derek Zoolander Centre for Kids Who Can't Run Good, Wooters Runners, Mackay Road Runners and the Wagga Wagga Road Runners.
Sebastian Heatley, Tim Farmer, Peter Varley, Jonathan Heatley, Kyla Corbett, Paula Bryant and Debra Mclean all ran faster then ever before and claimed new personal bests.
A huge number of first-time participants were welcomed to the parkrun family, including Dylan Craig, Rowena Kissun, Gary Nisbet, Julie Cauchi, Shannon Eaton, Kylie Selems, Teresa Hackney, Adam Gimbert, Christopher Ross and Katherine Clayton.
Airlie Beach parkrun averages about 55 runners each week.
The average number of runs per participant is about five and the biggest attendance at an Airlie Beach parkrun was 119.
GREAT START: Runners and walkers get moving during Saturday's Airlie Beach parkrun.