Dwaine Faletanoai first heard about parkrun through his wife Catherine. Now Saturday mornings are a whole family affair!
Dwaine tells us more about his parkrun journey…
I first heard about parkrun through my wife Catherine who, along with two of her sisters tried it for the first time around March 2018, after hearing about it through some friends.
It soon became quite the family affair.
Not long after that first time. Catherine and her sisters had all the family regularly walking, running and volunteering at parkrun. That’s three families, plus another sister in the South Island and her family.
Going for the first time was exciting yet nerve wracking, I found myself nervously sizing up other park runners and wondering how I’d go against them. I’ve got a competitive nature!
But completing that first parkrun was such a thrill. It was so great to see all the whole family cross the finish lines with smiles. My nephews, nieces, and in-laws were all there.
I must admit, parkrun is what we talk about most when we have family get togethers now!
We love that parkrun is a social occasion. It’s the best start to a Saturday. You just go at your own pace and challenge yourself to improve. Getting a personal best is a great goal!
From our four families there are now five of us who have achieved the 50 park run milestone, two of them junior boys, and there are a few more close to the mark!
A real memorable moment was when all four families came together to finish parkrun here at Barry Curtis parkrun. There were 23 of us. And we met up again to do it in the South Island at Invercargill parkrun.
We absolutely love parkrun and are so grateful to have it in our lives.
parkrun’s reopening in New Zealand on Saturday was a double celebration, not just of the return of our beloved Saturday morning activity, but of the rest of the global parkrun family we all belong to. The occasion was marked by many events ‘adopting’ a parkrun country by dressing up in that nation’s colours, flying flags, making food…
parkrun in New Zealand is back! It was heartwarming, and reassuring, to sit back at the weekend and flick through the smiling photos and uplifting comments on Slack and social media from events across the country, as well as reading several articles in the media celebrating parkrun’s return. It’s been a journey but we’ve got…