Free parkrun welcomes all

2017-10-10 06:00
Participants after a parkrun at Westridge Gardens earlier this year.PHOTO: Samantha lee

Participants after a parkrun at Westridge Gardens earlier this year.PHOTO: Samantha lee

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With winter now past, organisers of the local parkrun are urging residents to come out and train again.

The Mitchell’s Plain parkrun, established in December last year, will once again take to the Westridge Gardens for a weekly 5km race that promotes community building and fitness.

Races start at 08:00 but participants are asked to report to the park at 07:45 for a briefing.

The races are free to register for and participate in.

“After 50 runs you get a free T-shirt, then again at 100, 250 and 500. For juniors, after 10 runs they get a signed certificate from Bruce Fordyce. You will also receive a T-shirt after volunteering 25 times,” says Andre Rix, a facilitator.

There are several parkruns in Cape Town and once someone is registered, he can participate in any of them.

Wisaal Osman, organiser of the local parkrun in collaboration with Parkrun South Africa, said previously that there were more than 90 parkrun locations in South Africa (“First parkrun on Cape Flats”, People’s Post, 13 December 2016).

The Mitchell’s Plain instalment was the first one on the Cape Flats, with Athlone following suit earlier this year.

“There is an unlimited number of entries available and everyone is urged to register online to receive their barcodes. When you have completed the race, the barcode will be scanned and you can keep record of your times. You only need to register once and then every time you attend another event, you can continue to track your progress,” she said.

The event is open to all and any number of runners can participate.

Children as young as five years old may participate, says Rix.

Children must be accompanied by an adult in arm’s length of the child at all times.

Pets on short leashes are also welcome.

The event is a 5km walk or run and your progress is tracked to help you meet personal goals.

V To register visit www.parkrun.co.za and to volunteer email mitchellsplainhelp@parkrun.co.za. For more information call Andre Rix on 073 336 0079 or Wisaal Osman on 072 873 4129.

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