Par­krun co­mes to Graaff-rei­net

Graaff-Reinet Advertiser - - Sport -

Par­krun looks to be co­ming to Graaff­rei­net as plans are being put in pla­ce to launch the e­vent lo­cal­ly at the start of Fe­bru­a­ry.

Moun­tain D­ri­ve has been e­ar­mar­ked as the ve­nue for the runs which will be held week­ly, e­very Sa­tur­day mor­ning star­ting at 08:00.

The of­fi­ci­al launch will be held on Sa­tur­day, 2 Fe­bru­a­ry at 08:00 with the le­gen­da­ry Com­ra­des win­ner, Bru­ce For­dy­ce, in at­ten­dan­ce to ce­le­bra­te the launch of the lon­ga­wai­ted lo­cal Par­krun.

Par­ti­ci­pants must gat­her at the en­tran­ce to Moun­tain D­ri­ve on the R63 to Mur­rays­burg a­cross from the en­tran­ce to the lo­cal ca­ra­van park.

A large at­ten­dan­ce is ex­pected, so tho­se wan­ting to par­ti­ci­pa­te are as­ked to ar­ri­ve well in ad­van­ce.

The e­vent is free of char­ge, cos­ting you no­thing for a he­althy ou­ting on a Sa­tur­day.

Par­kruns are 5km run­ning/wal­king e­vents that ta­ke pla­ce e­very Sa­tur­day mor­ning in four­teen coun­tries a­cross fi­ve con­ti­nents. They are run by vo­lun­teers, and par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on is free of char­ge.

A South A­fri­can, Paul Sin­ton-he­witt, a friend of Bru­ce For­dy­ce, star­ted the con­cept.

The first Par­krun took pla­ce in Jo­han­nes­burg in 2011 and 26 pe­op­le took part.

To­day the­re are 130 plus Par­krun ve­nues a­round South A­fri­ca with 60 000 par­ti­ci­pants on a Sa­tur­day. Mem­bers­hip has re­a­ched the 800 000 mark last y­e­ar.

O­ver­all Par­krun is much mo­re a­bout com­mu­ni­ty bon­ding than it is a­bout doing a 5km run.

It’s a very friend­ly and warm e­vent with pe­op­le who can’t wait to see e­ach ot­her on Sa­tur­day mor­nings, s­ha­re con­ver­sa­ti­on and go for a cof­fee or bre­ak­fast af­ter­ward.

W­hen par­ti­ci­pa­ting, ti­mes are ta­ken with the aid of a bar­co­de print, which can be obtai­ned from the Par­krun web­si­te.

As of 11 Ja­nu­a­ry, Graaff-rei­net­ters can re­gis­ter for the lo­cal e­vent.

Go to Par­krun South A­fri­ca at https:// www.par­­gis­ter/ and fill in the bar­co­de pa­ge, print it and ha­ve it re­a­dy to scan at the fi­nish li­ne of the rou­te.

Re­gis­tra­ti­on is, ho­we­ver, en­ti­re­ly op­ti­o­nal and not a ne­ces­si­ty for par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on, but ple­a­se no­te that the ru­le is strict­ly ‘no bar­co­de, no ti­me’.

Ti­mes are col­la­ted wor­ld­wi­de. Vo­lun­teers ha­ve put in a lot of ex­tra hours and ef­fort to get this won­der­ful e­vent re­gis­te­red in Graaff-rei­net. So, Graaff-rei­net­ters, ar­ri­ve in your num­bers.

For help with re­gis­tra­ti­on or to find out mo­re, e-mail Ro­zel­le K­öhne at ro­zel­[email protected]­te­go. or SMS Lu­san Luscom­be at 082 780 0739.

A vo­lun­teer trai­ning and pi­lot run will be held on T­hurs­day e­ve­ning, 31 Ja­nu­a­ry, at 18:00 - ent­hu­si­as­ts and tho­se wan­ting to vo­lun­teer are in­vi­ted to join the or­ga­ni­sers for trai­ning or to walk/run the rou­te.

The of­fi­ci­al launch will be held on Sa­tur­day mor­ning, 2 Fe­bru­a­ry at 08:00.

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