Calling all Redcliffe locals - join in for the kick-off of the first ever Redcliffe parkrun. parkrun is a free, weekly, timed 5km run or walk that takes place at hundreds of locations across Australia. No matter your age or fitness level, parkrun is for everyone, so get your runners ready. Redcliffe parkrun is made possible thanks to Medibank's Free Active initiative, which aims to tackle inactivity and support community connection through free, social, community-based activities for all Aussies. Visit here to RSVP now. See you at the start line.
What is parkrun? parkrun is Australia's largest running community. It is in its 6th year and has over 345,000 registered runners. This hugely successful program is a free, weekly 5km running (or walking) event which takes place every Saturday, at over 236 parks and open spaces across Australia. It is open to all ages and abilities from absolute beginners to Olympians and other athletes. The aim is to get more active and healthier. They are held summer and winter, rain or shine. It isn't a race - it is only as competitive as you want to make it. Note that while parkrun is a free event, attendees must register online to take part.Register here. You only ever have to register once. Take a printed copy of your barcode to ensure that you get your time recorded.
Things kick-off with a warm up ahead of the inaugural run. The course is 5000m (5K) long at Suttons Beach Park, Marine Parade. It is run on a mixture of concrete paths and sand . Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place. Full details of the course can be found here. Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. For the continued success of the event, please give way to other park users. This won't hurt your time, it won't stop you from getting a personal best and it will make sure everyone continues to enjoy the event. The start line is just a short stroll from Suttons Beach Pavilion.
Suttons Beach Pavilion (from website)
Getting to the Event
Whenever possible walk, jog, cycle or use public transport to attend the event. If you need to drive, follow the Hornibrook Highway to Oxley Avenue; follow Oxley Avenue and turn right onto Macdonnell Road; then straight on to Suttons Beach Park. Suttons Beach offers a large parking area. Additional parking can be found on Margate Parade. If you drive, consider car-sharing to reduce impact on both the environment and other park users. Please also watch out for other park users when arriving and leaving. Parking may be limited so try to arrive early.
Parkruns are a friendly community and you are invited to join your fellow runners/walkers for coffee after the event at Suttons Beach Pavilion. Parkrun reminds me of when I was a Hash House Harrier - great fun with an opportunity to meet people. And when you travel you can join in other communities' parkruns around Australia and in these countries:
Check the website for all locations. Do yourself a favour and enjoy the social, mental and physical aspects of this healthy and safe activity.