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Parkrun @ Kawana

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by Heath Hewitt (subscribe)
Writer and fitness enthusiast living in beautiful Redcliffe, Queensland.
Published November 1st 2012
Getting motivated to adopt a healthy lifestyle including clean eating and exercise can be tough on your own. Thankfully, you don't have to go it alone anymore. How does a small army joining you on a weekly morning run sound? If you're interested, then perhaps Parkrun at Kawana is for you.

Ready, set... Parkrun/image from Parkrun Kawana Facebook
Ready, set... Parkrun/image from Parkrun Kawana Facebook


Running is nothing new but Parkrun is breathing new life into this old exercise format - and it's finally made its way to the Sunshine Coast. It's basically a free, weekly 5km run every Saturday morning along the beautiful coastline. You don't have to be an elite athlete to join up either, Parkrun is designed for everyone, from those just getting used to running for their health to those who can't get through the day without burning off some excess energy first thing in the morning.

Everyone can join in the free 5km run every Saturday/image from Parkrun Kawana Facebook
Everyone can join in the free 5km run every Saturday/image from Parkrun Kawana Facebook


The concept has already taken off worldwide. In Australia alone, there are close to 200 clubs and more than 8300 runners all participating around the country. Every Saturday residents are invited to participate in the free event - you can either run or walk it's totally up to you. It's a great way to test your physical abilities, make some new friends or just a new way to see the Sunshine Coast.

This isn't just a run with mates - it's very well organised/image from Parkrun Kawana Facebook
This isn't just a run with mates - it's very well organised/image from Parkrun Kawana Facebook


The Kawana course starts at the Kawana Waters Surf Life Sving Club, up Pacific Blvd, past Buddina Beach and to Point Cartwright before turning back.

Young and old, first time runner or experienced athlete - it doesn't matter/image from Parkrun Kawana Facebook
Young and old, first time runner or experienced athlete - it doesn't matter/image from Parkrun Kawana Facebook


Once you sign up and register, you should receive a initial registration email containing your barcode, a weekly newsletter (if you sign up for it) and your results emailed to you whenever you run. Just print the barcode off and bring it with you to have scanned at the end of your run to get your finishing time recorded.
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Why? For a free, 5km run every week with good friends. Great way to get fit, see the Coast and meet new people
When: Every Saturday from 7am.
Where: Starts at the Kawana Waters Surf Life Saving Club and goes up to Point Cartwright
Cost: Free
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