Last weekend saw the first Australian junior parkrunner, six-year-old Louie Mathieson, reach the milestone of 50 junior parkruns. Or, in junior parkrun terms, become ‘an ultramarathoner’!
Louie calls Southport junior parkrun his home event, and has has been running at Southport since the trial in March 2018. Louie has only missed a couple of junior parkruns when he has been running at other events, and can be seen ‘flossing’ his way across the finish line every Sunday.
When Louie was asked why he loves junior parkrun he said: “It’s super super dooper fun and I like giving high-fives to my sister and the volunteers”.
junior parkrun is a collection of 2km events for children aged between 4 and 14 at which they can walk, skip, jog or run the course, or volunteer. Like 5km parkruns, they are free and are safe and easy to take part in. What’s more, people of all ages can get involved as volunteers and spectators. Safety is paramount at junior parkrun, with all volunteers having valid working with children checks.
What’s Louie’s next parkrun goal? “I want to be the first parkrunner to get to 100 junior parkruns”.
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