Neil Shultz began his running career in his fifties and very shortly afterwards, in September 2014 was introduced to parkrun by two friends he’d met through motorcycle racing.
parkrun would become a constant part of his Saturday morning ritual and after an injury forced a halt to his running, Neil then began touring as a walker.
Once healed and training again, the habit of visiting parkrun events throughout Australia stayed with me and, joined by my wife who became a parkrunner in April 2016, we visited events in every state and territory.
Fast forward to October 2019 and through some careful juggling of touring, running and volunteering, Three milestones aligned for me. On a rainy morning, I lined up at Nambour at 05:30 AM for a vollie as pre-event setup. Then ran my 250th run at the home of Fluffy the emu. My 250th run coincided with my 100th volunteer stint and the 50th different event at which I’d worn the orange vollie vest.
During those 5 years of participation, I’d run at 134 different events, volunteered in 9 different roles, run 39 PBs and travelled 77,000 km to visit parkruns.
I’m unsure what my next parkrun goals will be, but I’m sure there will be many more events visited during the next 5 years to run with friends I’ve not yet met.
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