Parkrun Australia

Published on April 8, 2019

An initiative founded by Paul Sinton-Hewitt in London 2004, ‘Parkrun’ was brought to Australia by Parkrun Australia CEO Tim Oberg in April 2011. The first Parkrun event took place in Main Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland, on the 4th of April 2011 when a 5km course was agreed upon by Tim and Senior Active Parks Officer at the City of Gold Coast Council, Samantha Hughes. Since then, Parkrun has grown infinitely, with Australian’s taking this opportunity to improve their health and physical activity levels.

Parkrun Australia organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the country. They are open to everyone, free, safe to participate in due to volunteer involvement and also measurable to track your progress. These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and encourage people of every ability to take part; from walkers or those taking their first steps in running, to Olympic athletes, and from juniors to those with more experience.

Once signed up, you will be given a barcode that is to be taken to each event that you participate in. On completion of your run, your barcode is scanned and then entered into the system so that you are able to track your progress. Since the first event in April 2011, Parkrun has now grown to 54,629 events in 348 locations around Australia. There are currently 542,394 registered runners with the organisation, and countless more who may not yet be registered.

In Victoria alone there are 73 different locations where Parkrun is conducted. Weekly events are held on a Saturday morning and locations can be found using the following URL:

By: Shane Asbury, Sports Editor

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