The City of Keller, in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, often features in lists of top places to live in the US. Whenever the city conducts a citizen poll, the number one amenity mentioned is the more than 26 miles of paved trails.
The City’s long term Master Plan for development focuses on connectivity of the trail system and continued additions.
So what better way to encourage the purposeful use of the city’s number one amenity than a free, weekly parkrun event! And what better place in Keller to hold a parkrun than Bear Creek! Bear Creek Greenbelt parkrun starts October 26th.
The parkrun mission is to create an inclusive and supportive environment to encourage healthy activity by the community, through a timed 5K run/walk that takes place each Saturday, year round.
The events are always free, and always supported by a rotating cast of volunteers drawn from the participant community. Participants are invited to run, walk, or volunteer each week. At parkrun events there are no prizes and no swag, and no need to enter each week. You simply sign up once online for a free personal barcode, and then just show up any Saturday.
Bear Creek Greenbelt parkrun is the second parkrun event in Texas, following the launch earlier this year of Terry Hershey parkrun in Houston. There are over 1500 parkrun events every Saturday worldwide, and parkrun recently celebrated its 15th anniversary. But it is only in the past couple of years that more and more US communities have started parkrun events of their own.
Runners and walkers on the trail at Clermont Waterfront parkrun in Clermont, FL
Bear Creek Greenbelt parkrun starts and finishes near the K9 Pointe Dog Park, and uses parking for the Keller Pointe pool complex. The course follows an out-and-back route that is ideal for participants to support each other along the way. Everybody will see everybody else at least once along the way. The shaded trail is perfect for year round use.
All parkrun events offer an ironclad guarantee that you will not finish last. That’s because it is the job of the volunteer “tailwalker” to finish last, and to look out for participants’ safety.
Volunteer tailwalkers at Terry Hershey parkrun in Houston, TX
After each Bear Creek Greenbelt parkrun event participants are invited to come along to a post event meetup for coffee and conversation at Starbucks at 962 Keller Parkway. This is a popular feature of parkrun events around the world, and is yet another opportunity to build community and relationships among participants.
The core volunteer group behind Bear Creek Greenbelt parkrun is made up of long-term members of the local running community. Bear Creek Running Company and Bentz Physical Therapy have been helped with volunteer recruitment and initial financial support. The is looking forward to welcoming more runners and walkers into the rotating volunteer crew as the event becomes established.
The team is very grateful to Keller Park and Recreation staff for their willingness to support Bear Creek Greenbelt parkrun and their approval to use the trail system every week.
All ages welcome, 4 to 84
TIME: 9:00 a.m., every Saturday (earlier start time in the summer)
PLACE: Near the dog park at Keller Pointe, look for the parkrun flag
REGISTER: easy registration at parkrun.us/register; (do sign up to receive event emails – it’s the best way to stay in touch; parkrun protects your identity and will not spam you); print your barcode and bring it with you any Saturday
CHILDREN: all ages welcome! Children aged 4 and over can participate with their own barcode. Under 11’s should stay with a parent or other adult at all times. Strollers welcome!
DOGS: Very welcome! One dog per person and on a short leash, please.
FACEBOOK: coming soon
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