On your marks, get set, go

The worldwide running phenomenon parkrun, which gets people of all fitness abilities running and walking around their local parks, has come to Ararat.

Ararat parkrun will launch this Saturday. Everyone is invited to join a 5 kilometre run around the Alexandra gardens precinct. The run will start at 8am at the rotunda every Saturday.

People can register before the event at www.parkrun.com.au. They can print off a barcode and bring it on the day, to receive an official time. parkrun Australia operates in 213 locations nationwide, and Ararat is the first one north-west of Ballarat.

Tricia Ruthven said it was a free event and not a race.

“There’s no competition except with yourself to better your time, but you can also walk it; you can push a pram, you can walk one dog on a short lead; and children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult – it’s for all levels of fitness,” Mrs Ruthven said.

She said it was an event for everyone, from beginners to elite athletes, to encourage people to be more active.

There’s no competition except with yourself to better your time...

Tricia Ruthven, Ararat parkrun organiser

“Ararat is trying to get a name as an active town.”

She said the event was a great way to improve fitness, meet people and have fun.

The starting line at a recent Hamilton parkrun. A team of volunteers is bringing the event to Ararat, with the first event to be held this Saturday.

The starting line at a recent Hamilton parkrun. A team of volunteers is bringing the event to Ararat, with the first event to be held this Saturday.