Parkrun Gladstone gears up for first birthday

EVERY Saturday about 60 people rise out of bed for a 5km run.

Parkrun is a weekly initiative held to benefit Gladstone residents, physically and socially.

Stockland Shopping Centres formed a major partnership with the volunteer-run event, which started in Gladstone in June last year.

Stockland Gladstone marketing manager Terri Hewerdine said Parkrun was a positive and upbeat event.

"It's not a competition. There are no winners or losers," she said. "There are no barriers - anyone can come along.

"Parkrun is perfect for shoppers and the wider community alike who are keen to keep fit during the winter months."

The free, timed 5km run, designed for fitness or fun, is suitable for all abilities.

"We started it because we have a lot of fun runs in the region," Ms Hewerdine said.

"But we think it's important to get something regular, and it has many social and fitness benefits.

"It's a fun, social event and the best part is that there are no barriers to entering.

"It's just about getting out and about in your local park, doing something positive."

Parkrun began in 2007 in London and has grown from 13 to 318,058 registered runners in 170 events around the world.

The run - which can go for up to 40 minutes - starts and finishes at Lions Park in Gladstone.

Ms Hewerdine said the best part of the Gladstone run was the social aspect.

"It's not about being competitive or how fast you can run," she said.

Parkrun Gladstone will celebrate its first birthday on June 21.

To take part in the run in any town on any Saturday morning, visit www.parkrun.com.au.



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