More than 500 people have already participated in the Inverloch parkrun initiative in its first weeks and the craze is spreading fast. The weekly 5km coastal path run or walk is suitable for all ages and abilities. It’s on every Saturday morning with a run briefing at 7.45am for an 8am start. It is free and a once off online registration makes it very simple to be a part of the fun each week.
More than 100 people participated in the launch on the 13th of September and the numbers have just kept on growing. Runners and walkers of all fitness levels and across a diverse age range from 1 to 75 years of age have completed the timed run at Rotary Centenary Park on Ramsey Boulevard.
Inverloch parkrun event director Tony O’Connell has been delighted with the turn out and is confident more will get on board as word spreads throughout the community and amongst holiday makers. “It has been great to see so many smiling people running and walking including children, adults and even parents pushing prams. The run is for everyone.”
The run has had great support from local businesses and volunteers, who are critical to the event’s ongoing success. It is a fantastic family friendly event that many can’t wait for each Saturday.
There are 97 parkrun’s in Australia now with Inverloch being Gippsland’s first. Once registered you can participate at any other parkrun in Australia. The key to parkrun’s success is the timing technology. Runners register online and then print a barcode which is scanned at the end of each run and matched with the runner’s finishing time. All results are posted online so runners can compare their performance with their friends and against previous times.
To get involved as a volunteer or to register visit Inverloch parkrun website.