Dubbo parkrun to celebrate third birthday with spots and stripes

THIRD BIRTHDAY: Dubbo parkrun committee members Karen Pellow, Tim Morris, Lynn Rayner, Miriam Tan and John Robins ahead of the celebrations. Photo: TAYLOR JURD

THIRD BIRTHDAY: Dubbo parkrun committee members Karen Pellow, Tim Morris, Lynn Rayner, Miriam Tan and John Robins ahead of the celebrations. Photo: TAYLOR JURD

Spots, stripes and balloons will adorn Sandy Beach at 8am on Saturday as Dubbo parkrun celebrates it’s third birthday. 

For the past three years a group of volunteers have been providing our community a free Saturday morning five kilometers event for running, walking, pushing a stroller or walking a dog along the iconic and scenic Dubbo Tracker Riley pathway.

Starting at Sandy Beach 8am almost every Saturday during the year, Dubbo parkrun has encouraged the community to be active concurrently with the opportunity to meet and make new friends.

The previous two birthdays have been celebrated in style with birthday cakes and a dress up theme for the participants.

In 2016 parkrunners wore their ‘bright socks’ while in 2017 it was all about the ‘ties or tutus’.

This years’ theme has taken it to another level with ‘spots or stripes’ to be seen along the parkrun route on Saturday. 

And some of the regular participants are planning to make the most of the theme. 

“Don’t be surprised if you see a few Bananas in Pajamas, Where’s Wally’s or even a zebra or two participating on Saturday,” Dubbo parkrun run director Karen Pellow said. 

The parkrun committee members have also organised a coffee van selling your favourite hot beverage, and for breakfast the team from West Dubbo Rotary are selling bacon and egg rolls, a weekend favourite for many. 

“Whilst we have organised food and a theme, the most exciting part of the day is to reflect on the past three years and celebrate our volunteers,” Dubbo parkrun Event Director Miriam Tan said. 

“We need volunteers every week at parkrun to run the event and we never have any trouble asking for help from our participants.” 

The Dubbo parkrun committee encourages all of Dubbo, surrounds and tourists to come down to Sandy Beach Park on Saturday morning to run or walk the five kilometers.

“As a physio and exercise physiologist, I can confidently say that the benefits to health by being a regular participant is significant. Socially and personally as well, I have enjoyed meeting and getting to know lots of new people,” Dubbo parkrun run director John Robins said. 

While free, it is best to register online and bring your paper barcode along. To register visit www.parkrun.com.au/register.