The Gold Coast will be abuzz this weekend and we are not just referring to the Commonwealth Games!
This Saturday parkrun Australia celebrates its 7th Anniversary as we in turn recognise the anniversary of the launch of our inaugural event, Main Beach parkrun.
We’ll also be helping our partners from Athletics Australia launch their #GetMoving campaign, designed to celebrate athletics, diversity and patriotism in our nation at a time of great national pride – the Commonwealth Games.
parkrun Australia founder, Tim Oberg, is thrilled to be returning to the Gold Coast this weekend to join the festivities.
“While 7 might seem an odd number to celebrate, we’re marking a double anniversary here. It’s the 7th anniversary of Main Beach parkrun, but also the 7th anniversary of the very first Australian parkrun,” Tim said.
“There’s a strong link between the Gold Coast and parkrun so it makes sense to recognise that synergy in returning ‘home’ to mark this milestone and what better time to do it than right in the middle of the Commonwealth Games.”
“I’m really looking forward to catching up with Event Director Paul Relf and his wonderful volunteer team at Main Beach parkrun. And on top of this, previous Main Beach parkrun ED Libby Maxwell has just announced she’s expecting her first baby so I want to rub her tummy for good luck!”
Athletics Australia President, Mark Arbib said, “We know the immense benefits that physical activity provides the community and we want more Australians, of all ages and abilities, to #GetMoving and sign up to their local parkrun in 2018.
“With the Commonwealth Games currently on our own doorstep, there is no better time to get started, get involved and improve your personal health and fitness.
parkrun is proud to be an official partner of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games ‘Embracing GC2018’ Legacy Program.
As part of this program, parkrun have teamed up with the Queensland Government to launch 20 new parkrun sites all across Australia. The partnership continues the sporting legacy of the Games and promises more opportunities for Queenslanders to get active in their communities, for free.
If you haven’t registered, you can do so online at parkrun.com.au/register. It’s free. Walkers and runners alike are encouraged to attend, along with accompanied children, leashed dogs and buggies, wheelchairs and prams.
Click here for the Facebook event page.
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