Bibra Lake parkrun is one of the most straightforward courses around – literally run anticlockwise around Bibra Lake for 5k. The lake should always be on your left.
As the course is relatively flat and is a 5k one-way loop – this makes it pretty unique compared to a lot of the newer runs in WA.
It’s a great event for wheelchair users and pram-runners as it’s almost all on a sealed path, with just a few metres of grass at the end.
Bibra Lake parkrun was one of the first to be set up south of the river. As such, there’s always someone at another event who has run at Bibra Lake at least once. It was also one of the first events to hold a “Run for Reconciliation” with the support from our local Whadjuk Nyoongar Community.
There are lots of families together at Bibra Lake, three generations are not unusual. There is a good mix of speedy runners, steady runners, and walkers – parkrun is for everyone. A number of our parkrunners tell us that they’ve made huge leaps in their fitness from coming to parkrun; even when they started at ‘zero’, they felt so welcomed and encouraged, they were able to do things they never thought possible.
Co-Event Directors Tay Alers & Shana Dice both became involved as Run Directors accidentally. At the launch of Bibra Lake parkrun, they both lived nearby, Tay at Murdoch University and Shana in the suburb of Bibra Lake.
They both volunteered within the first few runs, and Chris and Rachel, the original Event Directors asked them to join the event team. Both Tay and Shana love parkrun, and what it does for the local community, so saying yes was a no-brainer.
Bibra Lake has had tourists from all over the world – Scotland, Ireland, Singapore, South Africa – and they all loved the atmosphere and simplicity of our event. Often commenting that it is very friendly.
Travelling Bean Mobile Coffee, a fantastic local coffee van comes every Saturday specifically for parkrun. Olwen does an awesome brew. A short drive away is The Bistrot Café, which was 3rd on the “Up and Coming” cafes list in 2017.
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