PARKRUN is the name, but you don’t have to run or be a runner to get involved in this free weekly 5km event that takes place at 9 am every Saturday morning in Tynwald Park, New Norfolk. While walkers have always been welcome and celebrated at the 450 parkruns around Australia each Saturday, the month of October will be dedicated to encouraging even more people to walk.
More than 10 per cent of people who complete the 5km course at Australia’s parkruns do so as walkers, and the organisation is keen to significantly increase this number. The campaign will see parkrun change its logo to ‘parkwalk’ for the month of October, with bright pink branding designed to capture the attention — and the imagination — of people who might not think that parkrun is for them.
Tynwald Park parkrun volunteer event director Carl Gallagher said parkruns were social events where there was no time limit and people of all ages and abilities took part, including people pushing prams or with their dog on a short handheld lead. “It’s all about getting involved in a way that is fun and comfortable for you.
“Walking is a great way of soaking up the parkrun atmosphere and chatting with people while being active. It’s one of the best entry points into parkrun, especially for those who may be taking their first steps towards healthier and happier lifestyles.
“Walking at parkrun is a great way to meet new people too, or you can walk with your family or friendship group. “One of the great things about parkrun is that you can never come last. Each week we have people who volunteer as tail walkers, who provide support and encouragement for walkers and are the last people to finish.”
In addition to the tail walkers, a new volunteer role of ‘parkwalker’ has been introduced this month. These volunteers will wear a blue vest labeled ‘parkwalker’, and their role will be to mix with other walkers and have a chat during the 5km walk. Tynwald Park parkrun takes place at Tynwald Park, New Norfolk every Saturday at 9 am.
Registration is free at http://www.parkrun.com.au/register