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The perfect balance

ASK a trundling jogger and a seasoned athlete what their definition of a ‘fun run’ is and you’re likely to get varying answers.

But Parkrun has struck the perfect fun run balance.

It restores the notion of a fun run for all by getting people together to enjoy their local park for a community race that pitches participants not against each other, but against themselves and the clock.

Parkrun was first held at Bellerive Beach Park in April 2018.

Today, the free event attracts an average of 190 people who come to run, walk and jog the five-kilometre course every week.

Labor Member for Franklin David O’Byrne regularly participates in the Bellerive Parkrun, as well as other Parkrun events that operate across the Franklin electorate.

“It is not a race against other runners and the event can really be whatever you want it to be, whether for social purposes, a walk or a run or as an entertaining inclusion to a dedicated training plan,” Mr O’Byrne said.

“In January 2020, Parkrun even unofficially hosted the wedding of regular park runners Peta and Tim.

“The wedding party wanted to make their day extra special by dressing up and celebrating with everyone.

“It really demonstrates the strength of community and Parkrun’s ability to bring people together and get them active.

“Parkrun is about building a sense of community, irrespective of someone’s ability.

“If you want to try and set a personal best time every week, the community will really support you – but above all, the event is about fun.

“I personally believe this is having a huge positive impact on people’s wellbeing and their physical and mental health.”

Parkrun events are held across Tasmania every Saturday at 9am and are led entirely by volunteers.

To find out more about how you can get involved, visit www.parkrun.com.au.

Caption: Parkrun is held at Bellerive Beach every week.