Parkrun comes to the Gold Coast

Parkrun comes to the Gold Coast

Parkrun is a free community event held every Saturday morning at local parks around Australia and involves a 5km walk or run.  Parkrun is non-competitive, with the goal to improve on your own previous weekend’s time.

7 years ago Tim Oberg brought parkrun to Australia, with the very first parkrun held on the Gold Coast at Main Beach and now there are 335 locations around Australia and more than 40,000+ participants weekly.  Junior parkrun has recently been launched and is held on Sunday morning’s in Southport for kids aged 4 to 14 years old.

On the Gold Coast you can find a free weekly event at Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach Waters, Main Beach, Varsity Lakes, Mudgeeraba, Paradise Point, Tamborine Mountain, Coomera, Gainsborough Greens and Kirra.  Junior Parkrun is at TSS School, Southport.

“parkrun is a pathway into healthy living. Because it is held every weekend it gives people the opportunity to create a new and supported positive habit – you set your own time and work each week to better that,” said parkrun Australia CEO Tim Oberg.

He said when parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt started the runs in the UK it wasn’t meant to be a global health movement with 4.5 million users.

“Participants meet others in their community and inspire each other on how to be healthy and make positive changes and support each other to become fitter, faster, happier and healthier.”

“It’s not something we planned but the social impacts are arguably just as important as the health benefits … the community, the friends, the connections it builds.”

He said parkrun was suitable for all levels of fitness and abilities and about 30 per cent of participants walked or jogged and walked, rather than ran.  Parkrun is also pram, wheelchair and dog-friendly (please check the rules and each locations suitability).

Once participants register once online for free they are emailed a barcode which they can use at any location in the world. Each time they run the barcode is scanned so their run can be logged and timed.

“parkrun doesn’t finish until the last walker crosses the line. It’s a very informal environment. And if you miss one week you can come back the following week – there’s always next Saturday. parkrun can fit around your lifestyle rather than the other way around. It can be what you want it to be.” Mr Oberg said.

Find your closest parkrun location at http://www.parkrun.com.au/events/events/

Register once with parkrun at https://www.parkrun.com.au/register/