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Parkrun is a free weekly timed 5km run that takes place each Saturday at 8am. At present, there are 16 parkrun locations throughout WA organised by local volunteers from Lake Joondalup to Dawesville. There are also parkruns in Bunbury, Geographe Bay, Manjimup, Mt Clarence and Kalgoorlie-Boulder for those that live in regional WA (or the really dedicated holiday goers). The courses are organised in pleasant surroundings including parklands, lakes and beaches. You can find your nearest Parkrun by clicking on the map here
Parkruns are open to everyone regardless of their pace, age or ability. At my local parkrun there are seasoned runners, casual joggers, walkers both young and old, children running with their parents, and parents pushing their little ones in a pram. There are even runners of the 4 legged furry variety.
At Parkrun you will find a fun, casual environment where you can get out and enjoy your local surroundings whilst doing something that is great for your health. Whether you enjoy racing others, prefer to compete against your own personal best time, or even just experience the challenge of finishing the 5km, you can do all of this at your local Parkrun. The atmosphere is fantastic and you will often receive friendly smiles and words of encouragement from the volunteers, spectators and other competitors as you run or walk along.
Parkrun is also great for spectators. My children love the early morning play in the park and enjoy cheering and high fiving the other runners and walkers as they go past.
Finally, many Parkruns have a cafe situated nearby where you can reward yourself with a post run coffee or treat. It is an ideal way to enjoy your community, support local business and relax after your run or walk.
The technical details:
To receive a time for your 5km run or walk you need to register on the website
. Registration is completely free. Once you have registered you will receive a barcode which you will need to print off and take with you. When you complete the run you are given a token which is scanned against your barcode. Your result is then emailed to you, as well as listed on your local parkrun events page. From there you can track the number of runs you have done, your personal bests, how you went in your age category and much more.
For more information including course locations, nearby facilities and how to get there, visit the website
. You can also find them on Facebook.
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