Thursday, February 23, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
This week Airlie Beach parkrun celebrated inclusivity with a Pride themed event with 78 motivated people running, jogging, and walking the five-kilometre waterfront course, of whom five were visitors.
The cooler conditions enabled 10 participants to record new Personal Bests, well done to Ella, Warren, Hudson, Isla, Addison, Cheryl, Alihra, Lilly, Ben and, Heidi. James, Matteson, Elizabeth, Artiqua, Aaron, Joanna, Jessica, Emma, Mellissa, Matilda and Christine completed their first parkrun.
The event was made possible by 17 amazing volunteers: Peter, Nick, Kara, Maree, Nathalie, Christopher H (Race Director), Natasha, Susanne, Ronald, Laura, Louise, Ken, Jarrod, Lynne, Dennis, Anne, and Margaret.
Every Saturday Airlie Beach parkrun meets at 6.50am for a briefing at area D, Coral Sea Marina (adjacent to the top carpark). Parking is free in the lower carpark till 9.30am if a parkrun barcode is placed on the dashboard. Post parkrun coffee and chat is held at Bohemian Raw Cafe.
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 if you want to – or 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 – only 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 parkruns’ group of volunteers last weekend