PARKRUN relaunches this morning (Saturday 9th) in Yass after a long break which saw the popular free weekly fitness event shut down in March 2020 due to COVID.
Volunteer Event Director Amanda Miller says she is unsure how many to expect at today’s run but stated they are ready for their pre-COVID numbers and have management plans in place.
“We’re hoping we will get a good turn out from the town of 60 to 80 people and they can put those new year’s resolutions into practice and come and join us for a walk, jog or run in the park,” Ms Miller enthused.
Starting at Riverside Park Rotunda at 8 am, runners and walkers are invited to register before the run or scan the QR codes at the event. The 5-kilometre circuit is twice around the river and towards Yass High School.
Wheelchair, children, pram and dog friendly, the course is designed for all levels from serious runners stepping out first to social participants positioned at the back of the group.
“ParkRun is for everyone. We’re a very inclusive event, so we have a tail walker at every event, so everyone finishes at their own pace, and no one finishes last; just no bikes or scooters and we usually go to a local café for coffee afterwards,” Ms Miller said.
The digital registration also helps provide feedback to runners and T-shirts are awarded for significant milestones marking how many events participants have run in.
“Parkrunners receive notification later in the day which tells them their time, how many ParkRuns they’ve done, and their best time,” Ms Miller added.
People can also volunteer. There is currently a core group of six volunteers coordinating and cleaning equipment to ensure the event is COVID-safe.
“We have worked hard in the background to get this running and make sure that we can hold this event in our community. It’s been tough for people, that Saturday morning became part of their routine, so we’re really excited to be able to bring that back to Yass.”
There is no need for special equipment or clothing. Organisers are asking participants to pre-register at www.parkrun.com.au to get a barcode to participate.