Park Run Murray Bridge is set to return after COVID lockdown

BORN TO RUN: Park Run Murray Bridge is set to return on Saturday, July 31 after COVID lockdown. Photo: File.
BORN TO RUN: Park Run Murray Bridge is set to return on Saturday, July 31 after COVID lockdown. Photo: File.

It's a weekly run around the beautiful scenic Murraylands, which improves not just physical fitness, but mental health as well.

Park Run Murray Bridge is set to return on Saturday, July 31. The event was undecided to take place due to COVID restrictions.

Event ambassador for Park Run Australia, Alicia Hopper put an end to the speculation.

"It is definitely going ahead," Ms Hopper said.

"There are density restrictions and the one point four square metre rule in place. We are also encouraging people to wear masks before and after the event also. We hope to see everyone ready to run at 8am Saturday morning."

Park Run has been held in Murray Bridge for several years. It began in October, 2014 and recently celebrated its 300th event on July 17, 2021.

"Park Run is all about community, getting outdoors and being active," Ms Hopper said.

"As an organisation we believe being active and a part of a communtiy shouldn't cost anything. It's a free timed five kilometre run or walk every Saturday, kids are welcome, no age limit, you'll never be the last person to cross, dogs are allowed and it's a lot of fun.

"The only person you're competing against is yourself. It's all about interacting with your community and hopefully getting a bit fitter."

The run begins at Murray Cods Drive and once you start, the week filled woes will begin to melt away.

"Park Run is looking forward to working closely with mental health organisations in the near future," Ms Hopper said.

"There is certainly a great deal of evidence showing regular activity improved mental well-being. Not only anyone suffering from mental health issues, but everyone who suffers from everyday struggle and stress.

"It's a really supportive environment. The biggest barrier is people worry they're not fast enough, or wearing the wrong clothes, that's just not the case.

"There are really good athletes that do come along, but a majority are just everyday Australians to increase their fitness. There's no judgment and everyone is welcome."

Park Run is available for anyone to join and is an easy event to be a part of.

"It's really easy to get involved," Ms Hopper said.

"First you register on the Parkrun.com.au website. From there, print your own barcode, then show up 10 minutes before the event that begins at 8am every Saturday.

"It's a two lap course near the beautiful Murray River. Once you cross the finish line you receive a plastic token, take that with your barcode, scan in by a volunteer and you'll receive your results later that morning.

"Even if you don't feel confident on making the full five kilometres, you can just do the one lap and improve from there.

"Once finished, stay to help volunteer, get to know everyone and it's a lot of fun. We all finish with a coffee and a chat at the Murray Bridge Club.

"Wendy Bower and Amy Sobels work tirelessly behind the scenes to make Park Run Murray Bridge happen and we are so grateful for their constant hard work."

Murray Bridge Park Run will return on Saturday, July 31 at 8am and will start at Murray Cods Drive.

To keep up to date with Park Run Murray Bridge, please follow their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/murraybridgeparkrun.

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