THIS Saturday, the track around Victoria Park Lake will come alive will bright colours when participants in Shepparton Parkrun help to celebrate the event’s third year in operation.
Shepparton Parkrun event director, Allan Connolly said, “When we first started we didn’t know how it was going to be perceived in Shepparton.
“Our first run saw 76 people participate, and from then we averaged around 30-50 participants through the first 12 months. In our second year we broke 100 for the first time and then from September 2015, we have rarely been under 100.
“We broke our attendance record 188 two weeks ago and we are hoping to get 200 this weekend. It’s great to see that the participation numbers are growing.
“Over the past three years, we’ve clocked up over 2,000 different people who have participated which has included locals, people from around the state, interstate and other ‘parkrunners’ from other countries.
“With Parkrun there is a social atmosphere. It’s not just about the running or walking. When each person finishes we notice that people stay around, meet others and talk with one another.
“People come up and thank us for starting the event. A lot of the older participants who do the walk/run say that their Saturday mornings have changed, which is gratifying for us.”
Presentations for the celebration will start from 7:45am at the barbeque shelter behind the Shell Service Station at Victoria Park Lake in Shepparton.