On Madiko’s 35th birthday she celebrated her 50th parkrun milestone and wants to inspire others who may be deliberating on getting some form of physical exercise, to take the first step…
I am not athletic, yet parkrun allows me the opportunity to mingle with and learn from the greatest athletes. I watch those who sprint 5km and see what resilience can do. I follow walkers when I volunteer as tailwalker and admire their commitment and enthusiasm to not only take on 5km but to savour each step and the beautiful parklands. My summary of parkrun: An event where we are all unique and identical all at once.
While handing out finish tokens and barcode scanning I celebrate the achievement of ‘completing the course’ with each athlete. Most of all when crossing the finish line every time, I have made sure everyone around me feels the joy I derive from conquering 5km. My family attended their nearest parkruns to observe what the buzz was all about and in excitement counted down to 50 parkruns@35 with me.
I have transitioned from being the potato couch to that wild child seeking the next trail, walking track and ready to take on a run as a hobby. I have participated in fun runs and the Corporate Triathlon Fun Relay twice. I have found myself booking holidays and looking for accommodation in areas where I can make it to parkrun on Saturday morning.
The icing on the cake was my recent experience at the airport during my recent travels. A couple were discussing PBs and DFYB in order to become parkrun tourists while abroad and that sparked a great conversation that yielded a recommendation to try Hampstead Heath parkrun in London.
I would like to radiate the joy and sense of accomplishment I get from parkrun regardless of the amount of time I spend on the course. 50 Parkruns later on my 35th birthday I smile on and will celebrate the completion of many more runs and volunteer opportunities to come.
Special Mentions goes to Mernda, Melbourne Albert Park, Lalor parkruns – I could not have achieved these milestones without support from everyone at those events.
You can’t help but dance like no one is watching when you cross that finish line 250km laters – 50 parkruns on.
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