Warrnambool Parkrun to celebrate first birthday

Warrnambool Parkrun participants have covered up to 20,000 kilometres since the event was launched in the city almost one year ago. 

The free timed five kilometre event at Lake Pertobe has attracted 1000 different participants since it began in Warrnambool on November 19, 2016.

Event rirector Courtney White said 829 personal best times had been recorded and about 80 people, who ran, jogged or walked, attended each week. 

The community event, which has a worldwide following, has attracted everyone from sprinters to families, retirees, parents pushing prams, steady joggers and walkers.

She said Parkrun wasn’t a competition. “It’s for everyone,” Ms White said. You don’t have to be an athlete to do it. There’s walkers and people who haven’t been active in the past who want to be active and come regularly. It’s attracted a lot of people.

“Things are currently going along very smoothly,” Ms White said. “Our numbers each week are slowly increasing now that the weather is improving and footy season is over.”

The one year milestone will be celebrated on Saturday with participants invited to dress as people or things beginning with the letters W and P (for Warrnambool Parkrun) and she said there would be party hats and birthday cake.

“We are expecting a great crowd of Parkrun lovers to join us for this special morning and we've been busy spreading the word to our local community in the hope that we might draw in some new and first time participants.” 

For more information go to parkrun.com.au/warrnambool or visit the Warrnambool parkrun facebook page.