Nuriootpa parkrun celebrates second anniversary

GET INVOLVED: Nuriootpa parkrun volunteers Heather and Murray Doble with Mackenzie Meadley, 2, event director Karine Meadley, with Annemarie Hardy and Isla, three months.
GET INVOLVED: Nuriootpa parkrun volunteers Heather and Murray Doble with Mackenzie Meadley, 2, event director Karine Meadley, with Annemarie Hardy and Isla, three months.

Every Saturday morning without fail, Nuriootpa parkrun is held and next month the active bunch celebrate the initiative's second anniversary.

Event director Karine Meadley says come rain, hail, shine or public holidays, even Christmas Day, both volunteers and entrants rock up to either to cross or help those cross the 5km finish line at Coulthard Reserve off Penrice Road.

She also calls on more people to join in on the fun.

Following the group's first year anniversary a number of milestones have been met by their 30-40 regular runners.

"Lots of people have achieved their 50 parkruns with plenty also reaching 25," Mrs Meadley shared.

And, as the Nuriootpa parkrun website points out, the fitness and social event is free to everyone and simply involves signing up.

To date, the park run hosts runners from age two to 80-years, and includes mums with babies as young as three months and dogs.

Yet don't think for a moment the public have to begin running, with Mrs Meadley highighting that the two lap course totalling 5km caters for people of varying fitness levels, such as walkers.

Key milestones for Nuriootpa parkrun include:

  • 50 parkrun achievements met by adults
  • 10 milestone achievements recorded by juniors
  • 866 people crossing the finish line
  • An impressive 16,815km collectively accrued from 131 individuals

The volunteers further share how the initiative is designed to get people active and provide a friendly and socialise setting by taking on whatever pace suits.

For Mrs Meadley the weekly run has become a family favourite which she shares with husband and their active toddler Mackenzie.

With parkruns held across Australia and overseas, the Nuriootpa site is also inclusive to visitors from far and wide, which Mrs Meadley said is helped by the tourist located park next door.

The Barossa Marathon Festival, held on Sunday, August 11, also led to its entrants using the course to train on.

Volunteers, who assist with set up, are always needed and urge the public to let them know of their interest.

Another social aspect of the group is they each week grab a post parkrun coffee at Fleur Social.

"So please come and join us," the volunteers urged.

Two-year celebrations fall Saturday, September 21, with crazy hats the order of the day, plus cake.

The public can be part of the fun each week by showing up at the reserve from 7.45am for an 8am start.

For more details, head to www.parkrun.com.au/nuriootpa/ and you can also visit their Facebook page.