Eight years ago, two very lovely people decided that it would be nice to get together on a Thursday morning and do a run session followed by coffee. The WazaConda group was formed.
This has grown from a very small group of friends into a group that see’s anywhere from 20 to 40 people turn up on a Thursday morning. I would like to say that we are all runners, but in actual fact, we are runners, walkers and people who are just there for the coffee (LOL). Everyone is encouraged and praised for just being there and being active.
Last year, one of the group realised we were all doing parkruns separately at various locations over Brisbane so organised a roster where we would run at a specified parkrun each week and meet up for coffee (and we all know it is only about the coffee!!). The group is known as Wazaparkrun. We are notified on Facebook each Wednesday where we are running that Saturday and after the run, a rather comprehensive race report is posted by the “Directator” with our times, PB’s and amusing anecdotes from the run.
A rather special aspect of this group is that no matter how quickly or slowly you get to the end of the 5kms, everyone stays until the last person crosses that finish line and cheers them on!!
With the introduction of the three latest parkruns in Brisbane, we are now travelling to 19 different locations. We celebrate parkrun milestones together and recently one of our members Jen, celebrated her 50th parkrun and I think the photo of her epitomises how we feel about parkrun (after we have finished…LOL!!!).
A big special thank you to parkrun, all the people and volunteers who participate in this great activity, all Waza friends and to the people who initially set up WazaConda and Wazaparkrun (and you know who you are).
All these people are now not just people we run with, they are a great group of friends that we run with, coffee with, socialise with and even holiday with!
Lena Charles and Bonnie Smith are Health Promotion Officers (and Best Friends) at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) in Melbourne. They are passionate and love empowering their Aboriginal community to make healthy lifelong changes. One way they do this is by promoting the benefits of parkrun. They love spending their Saturday mornings at parkrun…
I first signed up to parkrun in May last year, determined to get active and lose weight, determined to go 5km around the Lillydale Lake. I was scared, nervous and for 4 months I couldn’t bring myself to do it as I wasn’t a runner and I didn’t want to be last or embarrassed because…