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Where's the Best Parkrun on the Sunshine Coast?

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Published February 23rd 2020
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Offering free and low cost community activities across the Sunshine Coast region, Sunshine Coast Council is once again inviting local Sunshine Coasters to participate in a range of activities, with the ultimate goal of enhancing personal fitness and invigorating your life.

One of the Group Fitness categories for Healthy Sunshine Coast, is the amazing five-kilometre timed parkrun. This global community running phenomenon is open to everyone, from the young to the not-so-young and even more appealing, is that every parkrun is absolutely FREE.

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Global community running phenomenon - Image: www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au


Every Saturday morning, somewhere in the world a parkrun is organised from a local park and is supervised entirely by volunteers … people who love running.

I have found six parkrun locations on the Sunshine Coast and have listed them alphabetically. I am also keen to know which is your favourite parkrun?

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Image: Baringa parkrun FB


👟Baringa Parkrun
Every Saturday at 7.00am
Baringa Sports Grounds, Baringa Drive, Caloundra West, QLD 4551

Please follow this link for the Baringa parkrun course page; for a map of the course; a course description; how to get there, parking information and course safety.

🎽 Brightwater Parkrun
Every Saturday at 7.00am
Brightwater Park, Amberjack and Freshwater Streets, Mountain Creek, QLD 4557

Please follow this link for the Brightwater parkrun course page; for a map of the course; a course description; how to get there, parking information and course safety.

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Image: Brightwater parkrun FB


👟 Golden Beach Parkrun
Every Saturday at 7.00am
Woorim Park, Lamerough Parade, Golden Beach, QLD 4551

Please follow this link for the Golden Beach parkrun course page; for a map of the course; a course description; how to get there, parking information and course safety.

🎽 Kawana Parkrun
Every Saturday at 7.00am
Kawana Surf Club, 99 Pacific Blvd, Buddina, QLD 4575

Please follow this link for the Kawana parkrun course page; for a map of the course; a course description; how to get there, parking information and course safety.

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Image: Golden Beach parkrun FB


👟 Mudjimba Beach Parkrun
Every Saturday at 7.00am
Cnr Mudjimba Beach Esplanade and Mudjimba Beach Road, Mudjimba, QLD 4564

Please follow this link for the Mudjimba Beach parkrun course page; for a map of the course; a course description; how to get there, parking information and course safety.

🎽 Nambour Parkrun
Every Saturday at 7.00am
Parklands Regional Park, Radar Hill Road, Parklands QLD 4560

Please follow this link for the Nambour parkrun course page; for a map of the course; a course description; how to get there, parking information and course safety.

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Happiness is .... Image: Kawana parkrun FB


How parkrun works

The key to parkrun's success is all in the timing technology. Runners register online and then print a barcode that is scanned at the end of each session. This is then matched with the runner's finishing time. All the results are posted online by midday, so runners can compare their performance with their friends' times and against their own previous times.

Most of the parkrun events have more than one hundred runners and walkers every week. Parkrun is suitable for any age and any ability - I hear tell the oldest member is over 90! What I particularly love, is that there is no need to run, participants can walk the course and prams and dogs are also welcome. How awesome is that! For more information about parkrun or to register before your very first run, visit parkrun Australia here.

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Runners achievements are acknowledged - Image: Mudjimba Beach parkrun FB


Frequently Asked Questions

What does it cost to join in?

Nothing, zilch, it's free and gratis! Please remember to register before your very first run, no matter where you are in the world. Walkers/runners only ever have to register the one time - the printed barcode is required as proof of registration. If you forget to register, you won't get a time!

How fast do I have to be?

Most walkers/runners run for fun, so whether you lope like a giraffe or prefer the laid-back pace of the proverbial tortoise, everybody is welcome - no competition, it's you against the clock!

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Image: Nambour parkrun FB


Parkruns are friendly too - every week participants are invited to a post-run coffee in one of the local cafe's, details of the venue are usually provided during the pre-run brief. If you are new to the Sunshine Coast region (or holidaying here) and looking to expand your social base or perhaps just wanting to improve your fitness levels, the weekly FREE five-kilometre timed parkrun is a great way to get into it.

Dust off those running shoes and let's get fit! Where is your favourite parkrun on the Sunshine Coast?

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Where is your favourite parkrun on the Sunshine Coast? Image: www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
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Thanks for sharing Elaine. Now I have many runs to choose from.
by Barry (score: 3|1543) 37 days ago
Golden Beach is best ParkRun
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