Thursday, March 2, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Airlie Beach Parkrun

Seventy-four motivated people ran, jogged, and walked the five-kilometre waterfront course at this week’s Airlie Beach parkrun.

Knox, Rencia, Elizabeth, Charlie, Leanne, Elise, and Emma completed their first parkrun, while Liv, Craig, Nick, Michael, Tracy, Stephanie, Addison, and Ben achieved new personal bests.

Daisy completed her 10th parkrun as a junior, while Gus and Phoebe completed their 25th parkrun.

The event was made possible by 18 generous volunteers: Peter, Nick, Justin (RD), Kara, Margaret, Greg, Susanne, Valerie, Carys (photographer), Kirsty (photographer), Ashley, Michael, Laura, Lynne, Dennis, Anne and Margaret.

Airlie Beach parkrun started on December 5, 2015, and has since seen 4,596 participants complete 23,892 parkruns covering a total distance of 119,460 km, including 2,748 new Personal Bests. A total of 383 individuals have volunteered 3,491 times.

Parkrunners are encouraged to bring a plate to share at a post parkrun picnic at Shingley Beach this Saturday.

Airlie Beach parkrun meets at 6.50 AM for a briefing at area D, Coral Sea Marina (adjacent to the top carpark) every Saturday. Parking is free in the lower carpark until 9.30am if a parkrun barcode is placed on the dashboard.

The best-kept secret about parkrun is that it’s not about running - it’s about bringing people together in public parks and open spaces across the world to have some fun in a friendly, social, and supportive environment.

You can walk or run the five-kilometre course (pushing a pram or with one dog on a short lead), lend a helping hand as a volunteer in a wide range of super-easy roles, or simply spectate and socialise on the sidelines.

There are no winners at parkrun and nobody comes last – the Tail walkers do. Regular participation is rewarded rather than performance, with ‘parkrun milestone shirts’ available to people to recognise their achievements in coming along.

Contributed with thanks to Airlie Beach parkrun

Airlie Beach parkrun’s tail walkers for last weekend’s iteration of the weekly event

Some runners enjoying the parkrun in the best possible way – with family

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