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Coomera Parkrun

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by Taryn-Lee Carnall (subscribe)
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Published December 20th 2012
Parkrun- Free weekly, timed, 5km runs around the world.

Wanna get fit but can't afford the costly gym or personal trainer fees? Want to see how you improve each week? Well Parkrun is the thing for you!

But what exactly is Parkrun I hear you say?

Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world.

They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.

The Gold Coast is privy to 3 Parkrun events; Coomera, Main Beach and Kirra.

These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and Parkrun encourages people of every ability to take part; from those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to those with more experience; all are welcome.

Recently I registered for Coomera Parkrun. Registration occurs online and the website is very easy to use. You simply click on the events page, select the event you are most interested in, register, print our your barcode and you're ready to go!

What is Coomera parkrun?
It is a 5km run - it's you against the clock.

When is it?
Every Saturday at 07:00 QLD

Where is it?
It's run in Tallowwood Park, Highland Reserve, Rosevalley Drive. The Course (5K) long and has been accurately measured by Parkrun volunteers with a professional measuring wheel. It is run on all weather concrete / boardwalk path, although some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Signs are usually in place along the course, directing you where to go.

What does it cost to join in?
Nothing - it's free! But you need to register in advance.

How fast do I have to be?

Snail pace to Usain Bolt. All ages and abilities welcome- whatever your pace!

They're super friendly!
Every week runners grab a post parkrun coffee at a local cafe feel free to join them. The more the merrier!

Parking is limitied at Tallowwood Park so if you could walk, jog, cycle or use public transport to attend the event, the people at parkrun would appreciate it. If you do have to drive, please consider car-sharing to reduce our impact on both the environment and other park users.


Other Handy Information
Runners with dogs are welcome, but please keep dogs on a short lead or harness and under control throughout the event.
Runners pushing buggies are also welcome, but please take extreme care of other runners around you. If possible start from the back of the field and try to keep to one side of the main body of runners.
This is a free training event, so all run and attend at their own risk.

Age Grading
All Parkrun events use Age Grading to help athletes compare results.
Age Grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age group to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance. The scores can also be compared across different run distances - to allow you to, for example, compare a 5km time against a marathon.

If getting fit for free is your thing, then check out the website, register and head on down to your local Parkrun!

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Why? A bit of fitness for fun
When: Every Saturday 7am
Where: Tallowood Park, Coomera
Cost: Free
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