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Read more › News, Press - 21st June 2022

Medibank becomes presenting partner of parkrun Australia

We are excited to announce a landmark partnership with health company Medibank, who have become the first presenting partner for parkrun Australia.   Medibank has been parkrun Australia’s official health and wellbeing sponsor for the past six years playing a key role in the growth of parkrun across Australia and helping parkrun become what it…

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Read more › News, Press - 30th May 2022

parkrun Australia joins forces with Invictus Australia

parkrun Australia has joined forces with Invictus Australia to encourage more military veterans and their families to become involved in their local parkrun event as walkers, runners, volunteers and spectators.   Invictus Australia is the legacy organisation of the 2018 Sydney Invictus Games and was established to harness the power of sport to benefit those…

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Read more › News, Press - 26th May 2022

parkrunners share why they keep coming back

When her local parkrun shut down due to COVID-19 restrictions, Merrilyn McMillan was, in her words, “devastated”.   “I was totally lost,” she told ABC Sport.   “It was like someone had died.”   Just over a decade ago, the now 73-year-old McMillan had no inkling that the community-based activity would become such an integral…

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Read more › News, Press - 13th May 2022

Australia launches ‘parkrun Practices’ to support GP referrals to parkrun

General Practitioners around Australia are being supported to refer patients to parkrun events as part of an exciting Community Partnership between parkrun Australia and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).   The ‘parkrun Practice’ initiative aims to help GPs understand how parkrun may benefit some of their patients, start a conversation with those…

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Read more › Press - 11th May 2022

How parkrun helped turn Chris Murphy into an Australian ultramarathon champion

Not so long ago, Chris Murphy was unfit, unmotivated and stressed out. He was working long hours and couldn’t find the time to exercise or relax.   Then he was hit with myocarditis — a disease that causes inflammation of the heart muscle.   Things got harder. Just walking up stairs was a challenge.  …

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Read more › Press - 5th May 2022

Olympic medallist Judy Amoore Pollock is inspiring all ages

You never know who might be jogging alongside you at your local parkrun and the stories they could tell.   At the coastal town of Port Fairy in south-western Victoria, Olympic bronze medallist and former world record holder Judy Amoore Pollock is a regular.   At the age of 81, her love of running is…

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Read more › News, Press - 21st April 2022

Jess Stenson shares her top tips to get a parkrun PB

So you’re looking to run a PB?   Whether you’re a regular runner, a novice, or just looking to get back on the running track, setting a new personal best time can be very motivating.   Adelaide’s Jess Stenson knows this well.   One of Australia’s top marathon runners, the Olympian and Commonwealth Games medallist…

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Read more › News, Press - 14th April 2022

Walk, don’t run: Why one of the simplest ways to exercise is making a comeback

If walking was a colour, it’d be the new black.   There’s no shortage of evidence that walking is truly a wonder drug; an exercise that can shed weight, increase life spans, reduce the risk of disease, improve heart health, keep joints mobile and benefit mental health.   “You’d have to take a lot of…

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Read more › News, Press - 6th April 2022

Why parkrun has played a big part in ABC News Breakfast host Lisa Millar’s life

I’m not sure of the moment black started becoming my preferred colour. But I knew I needed it in my wardrobe.   Not the stylish black, high-street fashions that made this Queenslander feel out of place on a Melbourne tram, but a simple T-shirt.   A black T-shirt with the number 100 in large white…

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Read more › News, Press - 10th October 2021

Human connection can be this simple

My name is Belinda, I’m 42 and I live in Canberra with my wife, Emily, and my Jack Russell-Maltese cross, Millie.   As I type this, we are in lockdown and parkrun is on hiatus. It’s a conundrum in a sense that parkrun, for some people, is their major source of social interaction all week….

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