Madz Loots from Northern Cape, Kimberley, is a parkrun Regional Ambassador, helping new events join the parkrun family.
Here she tells us the positive impact parkrun has had on her life.
My life and health has changed for the better because of parkrun and its community. How can I not be passionate about the thing that brings us all together? It feeds my soul!
Every Saturday all over the world special moments and memories are created at parkrun, but attending a rural event… ladies, it’s just a whole new level of special.
There are kids that enjoy parkrunning and the community it brings, with zero expectation, just pure joy and happiness.
My advice to any women thinking about parkrun is just show up. Make a date with yourself. Don’t wait for your friend, husband, children or anybody to finally join you for your first parkrun.
Just go, love yourself and your body for what it’s capable of and make sure your shoes are comfy!
You are never too old. Or too unfit. And your outfit is fine. Don’t worry about going on your own or not knowing anyone there. It’s something you do for you! Choose to make yourself happy.
For me it’s never been about completing the 5km route. It is about so much more. It’s the people you meet and the places you visit. The new friendships. New goals. Companionship. sense of community. The shared passion.
I keep coming back for the people of parkrun.
Anybody helping children with education, food, care, love, support or personal growth: shout out to you. Change a life one act of kindness at a time.
Try it you might like it.
Walk it, crawl it, run it, chase it and embrace it! If it makes you happier and healthier you are doing it right.
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