Quite by chance about 2 years ago I stumbled upon something called ‘parkrun’ a community activity organized by the participants themselves, designed to get people of all ages walking, jogging, running and moving towards a healthier lifestyle in a free, timed 5km event, once a week.
Every Saturday, at 8am across Australia, you can find various communities doing their ‘parkrun’ and the sponsors ensure that after 50 and 100 runs you get a free T-shirt. Volunteers are usually given a free coffee, or similar, every time they volunteer (depending on the local sponsors). It is now well established in Australia and has made the news a few times as communities relate their success stories.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed doing parkrun and it is great that children can be involved too. While Australia doesn’t yet have the 2km kids event, they are welcome to join with the adults and be pushed or carried the 5km, or walk/jog it themselves (with an adult if under 11 years). The kids also enjoy it and it was great being able to do it together (at least before they started going quicker than me!).
The only downside for us is the travel time to the event, which means an early start on a day we could be sleeping-in! One day we might look at organizing an event closer to home, but probably not just yet!
So I hope you’ve heard about parkrun already (and if you haven’t that you can make a mental note of it now just in case it is for you or your kids!). Many families across Australia are loving it. I only wished we’d heard sooner!
Posted by mom176887, 5th May 2016