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Torrens parkrun is the closest location to Adelaide's CBD for you to enjoy a 5km free, weekly, timed "run" on Saturday mornings. Since the inaugural event in December 2012 with 44 participants, visitors and locals have swelled the numbers to an average of around 230 per week.
The out and back course is on concrete and bitumen shared paths alongside the river. It is undulating and very scenic as it passes through shaded areas and under five bridges and the turn around point is at the bottom of a deceptively sneaky hill. As you complete the course, you will pass by the iconic Adelaide Oval and get a different perspective on the festival and convention centre, casino and city skyline.
As the event is conducted on a shared path, you need to be aware of cyclists and other users, part of the pre race briefing is to practice shouting "bike" as a warning to those following. Unsuspecting participants may be surprised by the sounds of Africa coming from the nearby Adelaide Zoo.
As with all parkruns, it is run by a bunch of friendly, welcoming volunteers and is inclusive to people of all abilities. Don't forget your unique printed barcode, which you receive upon registration and can use worldwide.