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Published January 16th 2018
Run, walk or jog, push a pram or take your dog
Morning exercise (image from Parkrun Facebook page)
Take the challenge and get out of the house to take 5 km of exercise on Saturday mornings with a group of like minded individuals. Parkrun is a free weekly timed event run by volunteers and held in parks all over Australia as well as in the UK, New Zealand, Canada, Scandinavia, Europe and the USA. Registration is easy and only needs to be done once. When the registration details are complete, you will receive a unique barcode that is taken with you each time you attend, so that you can have your efforts timed.
With the onset of 2018, I decided to try a new fitness activity but did not want to be tied to down to a large financial commitment. The fact that Parkrun is free, friendly and at many different locations was a big incentive for me. My nearest Parkrun event is the Rooty Hill Parkrun but if I am free to go to any event I choose.
The course at Rooty Hill is flat and the asphalt shared path winds through natural bushland towards the Great Western Highway. On my first attempt (with other first timers), I was greeted and given an introductory briefing by the event coordinator. As the day was very hot and I am a novice runner, I decided to walk the course. I was not alone, there were about 150 entrants, including families, dogs, runners, walkers, young and old 'competing' for their personal best.
The group of people at Rooty Hill Parkrun were very friendly and there were plenty of smiles and 'sledging' amongst the regulars. Newcomers and visitors were warmly welcomed and all attendees were invited to join in for breakfast at a local cafe.
Take the plunge and register - you never know when you may feel like joining in!