GET SET, GO: Runners at last week’s Yamba parkrun get excited for this week’s first birthday celebrations of the weekly running event.
GET SET, GO: Runners at last week’s Yamba parkrun get excited for this week’s first birthday celebrations of the weekly running event.

Yamba parkrun to celebrate first birthday

THEY might be a bit out of breath from running almost 9000km in the last year, but the Yamba parkrun participants are ready to blow out the candles to celebrate their first birthday.

The free timed 5km walk/run event started in Yamba on March 21 last year, and since then 1730 participants of young and older ages have run, walked, pushed prams, encouraged children and exercised pet pooches at the weekly event.

For the first birthday, and 50th parkrun held at Yamba, event directors Meg Dougherty, Vicki James and Scott Lenton would also love to see some new faces to join the fun.

"The main motivation for bringing parkrun to Yamba was to provide the local community with an opportunity to enjoy healthy, active activity in an organised, friendly and social environment," Meg said. And we have achieved that goal in bucket loads."

"Many people have developed new friendships and will go out after their run so it's great for the community and adds value for local business."

The riverside course has drawn plaudits from visitors and locals alike, and being a flat course assists more competitive runners to achieve personal best times.

"Whether people take an hour to walk, talk and enjoy the 5km course or opt to run it faster, like Brisbane's Hamish Hamilton who is the current record holder at just 16:34 minutes, parkrun caters for anyone and everyone," Vicki James said.

Registration with parkrun is free and provides worldwide access to participate in any parkrun event on any Saturday of the year. Yamba's event has recently hosted a runner from Edinburgh, Scotland who was holidaying with friends in Maclean.

So whether you are a veteran or considering your first venture this Saturday join the organisers for a great celebration. The event starts at 7am with the start and finish at the picnic shelter in Ford Park in Yamba. Details can be found on www.parkrun.com.au or the Yamba parkrun Facebook page.



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