FUN FITNESS: Wandoan's parkrun course has been approved by parkrun Australia.
FUN FITNESS: Wandoan's parkrun course has been approved by parkrun Australia. Contributed

Planning under way to bring parkrun to Wandoan

parkrun: A cheerful Saturday morning walk or run is something many like to do. But it could soon be a far more fun and social event in Wandoan as two women work to bring parkrun to town.

A worldwide movement bringing free, weekly, timed 5km runs to communities, parkruns are organised by volunteers for people of all fitness levels.

Wandoan women Megan Braunberger and Amber Baker are determined to see their town join the fun.

The pair have already contacted parkrun Australia to approve a course and call for expressions of interest on the Wandoan community forum Facebook page. Baker said more than 30 people expressed an interest in helping get it started.

"So now we need council to approve the use of that land for parkrun every Saturday morning and the application's in for that at the moment,” she said.

Braunberger said the last hurdle to having a parkrun was finances.

They need a one-off amount of $7000 to run the event, which they're hoping to source either through grants or donations.

"The plan for us is that we know this will happen eventually and so we're just putting everything in place now for it to be ready to go once that funding and all those approvals come in,” she said.

For Braunberger, as they work to have the parkrun happen, she's been impressed by people's willingness to help and get excited about the idea.

"I think quite a lot of people are probably a little bit surprised that we would be able to get it up and running in such a small town, but Wandoan does have quite a good community spirit and there is quite a lot of people that are quite active so I think that's huge, that people want to get behind it.”

Anyone interested can search for the Wandoan parkrun group on Facebook or pick up a form from the Wandoan post office or cafe.


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