Runners at the launch of Parkrun.
Runners at the launch of Parkrun. Colin Gilmore

Weekly Kirra run launched

MISSED the Kirra Parkrun launch on Saturday?

That's okay: the 5km run is on again every Saturday from 7am (Qld) at Gilltrap Park opposite the Kirra Surf Apartments.

Co-facilitator Chris van Hoof of Chisel Fitness said the free event was organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone.

"We wish to make the run as safe as possible, so runners, spectators and helpers are asked to be considerate to the park and other park users at all times," Mr Hoof said.

"Please arrive by foot, by pedal-power or by public transport if you can - your efforts help to reduce our impact on the park and the planet.

"Please consider volunteering to help occasionally as this event survives only because of your generosity."

Gold Coast mayor Ron Clarke pulled on his runners to launch the event at the weekend.

Cr Clarke said it was being run at Kirra because of the popularity of the first Australian Parkrun at Main Beach, attended by more than 100 walkers and runners.

"As a life-long athlete, I am particularly impressed with the Parkrun concept, with its strong loyalty from runners and volunteers," he said.

"It's a great opportunity to get out into our glorious parks and get fit at your own pace and fitness level.

"You can run, walk, push a pram or even take your dog and it's a great way to meet others.

"And best of all it is free to take part."

Parkrun is an electronically-timed 5km run or walk held on a weekly basis around the world.

The Kirra event is a joint initiative between Gold Coast City Council's Active and Healthy program and Chisel Fitness.

Mr Hoof said the southern end of the Gold Coast provided some of the most beautiful locations for early morning exercise on the coast, and he was looking forward to seeing the Kirra Parkrun community grow.

"The course will run north from the start line, toward Bilinga SLSC where participants will turn around and run back south.

"The course continues past the start line for approximately 500m before the second turn around point where participants will again run north towards the start/finish line," he said.

Visit parkrun.com.au to register or volunteer.



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