Parkrun social running group starts up in Gladstone
THE popular weekly running group Parkrun is coming to Gladstone, giving residents the chance to exercise in a social environment.
Parkrun is a weekly running group that has had international success in countries such as England, South Africa and New Zealand, as well as having its feet firmly planted in Australia.
Parkrun's Australian country manager Tim Oberg said the free-timed running and walking events welcomed people of all fitness levels from the age of five.
"Parkrun is exploding at the moment and it is exciting stuff," he said.
"Exercising in a stress-free environment where everyone can run at his or her own level is great at tackling the issue of obesity."
The Gladstone group has been initiated by Stockland, which has partnered with Parkrun nationally.
Stockland is calling for volunteers from the community to help run the program, which will be held on Saturdays from 7am.
Volunteer event directors will receive all the required equipment, software, promotional materials and support needed to hold a regular Parkrun event.
Stockland Gladstone marketing manager Terri Hewerdine said Parkrun was an inspiring new program that built strong community connections and encouraged people to volunteer and keep active in their community.
"We need local community volunteers to help get Parkrun started and to ensure the event is sustainable long term," she said.
"It's a fun, social event and is something the Gladstone region will really benefit from."
Mr Oberg said a major reason people attended the fun runs was the social engagement and trying to connect to society.
"We live in a disconnected world where people spend all day at work on the computer and don't socialise," he said.
"Parkrun is about getting out and meeting new people to reconnect with society.
"The social element is huge. It's on every Saturday and becomes a routine like getting the newspaper, but instead you are getting up and going for a run before you start the weekend."
To register your interest and find out more, Ms Hewerdine 4978 1944 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.