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Your first steps should lead to parkrun

Your first steps should lead to parkrun

You want to start your running journey, but you don’t know where to begin. For many people not knowing where to begin their adventure is usually more of a struggle than the experience ahead. Figuring out where to start can be a challenge, but thankfully there is something out there that can help you get you on your way – parkrun.

Parkrun is a free, volunteer-run, weekly event held every Saturday at 8am along a five-kilometre course. Parkrun is a timed event that welcomes people of all abilities to race against the clock, but more importantly, encourages and supports each other in their quest to improve their health and wellbeing.

There are currently three parkrun events located in the Latrobe Valley – Traralgon, Churchill and Newborough. All are family and pet-friendly and offer a variety of courses that include gravel paths, concrete and grass – a little something for everyone.

Probably parkrun’s greatest drawcard is that it encourages people of all fitness levels to participate. It’s a social event promoting inclusiveness. Whether you’re a runner training for the next big race, beginning your running journey or taking your first steps to becoming fit and active, the parkrun family welcomes all with open arms. Speaking of family, take yours to parkrun and make it a family adventure.

Participating in parkruns also helps boost confidence. Some aspiring runners can feel a little intimidated about taking their next step up to more serious running or self-conscious of pounding the pavement in public. The parkrun family will help you overcome these hurdles. For many it’s not about finishing first or racing against other runners – it’s just the act of participating in such a welcoming environment where you will not only improve your health and wellbeing but embrace other like-minded people.

Parkrun’s the perfect place to start, but there are some of us who might not be ready to run with others, and you know what, that’s fine too. For others, running or walking is about unwinding after a long day at work or if they’re looking for some ‘me’ time. You can kick off your running journey on your own or join others at your local parkrun. The choice is yours.

It’s always great to see new faces at a parkrun and nothing beats seeing a smile on a new runner or walker who’s giving it their best. Parkrun isn’t about winning; it’s about improving your health and wellbeing and getting involved in the community. What matters is that you’re out there giving it your best shot.

The links below take you the site of the three Latrobe Valley parkruns. I encourage you to register (it’s free) and get moving. See you there.

Latrobe Valley parkruns

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