I have been a big fan of parkrun for a number of years, but unlike my unwavering love and affection for chocolate, I have been known to be quite standoffish and absent in my relationship with him. The old adage “it’s not you, it’s me” is certainly quite accurate here.
While parkrun is a wonderful atmosphere, it can sometimes be daunting knowing that you will be timed and photographed while you are trying to survive the 5km slog. *Please note that this opinion is coming from someone who is relatively unfit, but keeps going because she wants to love running*.
What I love about parkrun:
It’s free!. No need to pay an expensive gym membership just so you can run 5km on the treadmill. Come to parkrun and run your 5km in the wilderness with your running peers.
It’s on every Saturday morning at 8am. An absolutely perfect way to begin your weekend (also helps me lessen the guilt of my very steady relationship with chocolate…and wine).
It is family friendly. Don’t forget to bring your kids, husband/partner, and even your dog! The whole family will benefit from a lovely dose of Vitamin D and endorphins.
It’s a great way to meet new people. Parkrun has such a wonderful sense of community. People meet up after their run for coffee and chat.
If you are reading this and thinking ‘gosh, sounds like fun, but I will never run, even if my life depended on it’. Have no fear! You can parkrun, parkwalk or even parkvolunteer.
It is such a nice atmosphere for walking, and because this is a free event they are always searching for people to volunteer. There are a number of volunteer positions, including but not limited to: Timekeeper (responsible for recording the participants finishing times); Finish Tokens (handing out the tokens in correct order to the finishers); Photographer (capturing the moments of the participants pure joy/pain); Tail Walker (the last person to cross the finish line, making sure everyone has finished and is safe).
For a full volunteer roster check out your local parkrun’s website, or sign up for future volunteering positions at your parkrun event.
Before you begin your parkrun experience, please remember to register online here.
You will be given a personal barcode which you will need to print off and keep with you for every event. I have laminated mine so it will not be ruined by rain, sweat and tears.
So, for all you Adelaideans, here is a list of parkruns in our neighbourhood (and some a bit farther away, if you’re wanting a road trip):
Aldinga Beach The Esplanade, Aldinga Beach 5173
Christies Beach The Esplanade, Christies Beach 5165
Clare Valley Clare Showgrounds, Main North Rd, Clare 5453