Proving age is just a number, 21 over 80-year-old parkrunners visited Rhodes parkrun as they hosted its first-ever Octogenarian meet-up.
The event team were inspired by two regular Rhodes parkrunners, Marion Griffith and Peter Nash, and upon seeing a similar event in the UK, decided it was something they needed to do. With the plan hatched, the team personally reached out and invited anyone they knew in the over 80 age category from surrounding areas.
Rhodes parkrun, a flat and scenic parkrun, starting in the picturesque Sydney Olympic Park provided the perfect background for this special event.
And the results were phenomenal; 21 over 80-year-olds came from all around Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong area, with the oldest being 93.
The first of the group finished just under 28mins, while some of the others took a more leisurely approach to the event. But of course, it wasn’t just the octogenarians and nonagenarian that made this such a special event, there were a total of 475 participants from all the age categories represented on the day including about 7 babies in prams, further enhancing that parkrun is for all ages.
Marion Griffith, who was a recent parkrun Medibank hero, completed her 193th parkrun on the day commented “I really look forward to parkrun each week. The recent Octogenarian get together at Rhodes was really fun. I loved meeting other mature aged parkrunners and hearing their stories and hope there is another octogenarian event soon.”
Her sentiments are shared by the event team at Rhodes; seeing everyone take part, swapping stories and building a vibrant community feel was amazing to see.
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