Casino is the latest town to join the international community fitness phenomenon, parkrun, with more than 160 people taking part in the town’s first event at Queen Elizabeth Park over the weekend.
Northern NSW Local Health District Health Promotion Manager, Jillian Adams, said parkrun is a great way for people to get out and get active, and be involved in a community event.
“Parkrun has grown over the last 15 years from a single event in a UK town, to thousands of weekly events in 21 countries around the world,” Jillian said.
“It is a free, weekly 5km walk or run for everyone, forever.”
Participants register once, before their first run, and are given a barcode that they can then use to join events anywhere a parkrun is held.
“This is an event for people of all ages and levels of fitness,” Jillian said.
“While it is called parkrun, people can run, jog, or walk at their own pace and for their own reasons – whether that’s serious training for an event or a social walk with friends.”
In the Northern Rivers there are parkrun events every Saturday morning in Grafton, Yamba, Lismore, Ballina, Kingscliff and now Casino, with thousands of registered members. All locations start at 7am, except Kingscliff which starts at 8am.
“It takes a grass roots community effort with a strong volunteer base to get a new event established. Congratulations to all the organisations and individuals who worked to set up the Queen Elizabeth Park event.”
“Northern NSW LHD is a proud supporter of parkrun and we encourage other towns to get involved,” Jillian said.
Anyone wishing to join parkrun must register online before their first event.
For event details and registration information go to www.parkrun.com.au.