If you’re up early on a Saturday morning and venture down to the banks of the Wimmera River, you’ll see over 120 parkrunners: adults and children, runners and walkers, out and about, going through their strides.
Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world, and we are lucky to host our own parkrun along the Wimmera River, kicking off at 8am each Saturday morning. The volunteer-lead events encourage walkers and runners of all abilities to come along and race against the clock.
Each week over 120 participants come together and enjoy the scenic course along the river, starting at the Horsham War Memorial, crossing the river and looping back around. In addition to those participating, you’ll see a turn out of about 20 support crew, plus 7 or more volunteers who rotate weekly as it is just as fun to help as it is to join in.
You don’t have to be a seasoned runner to tackle the course; Wimmera River parkrun sees many walkers, prams and of course kids. The only rule to keep in mind is that children under 11 need to be supervised at all times, and strictly no bikes or scooters. Dogs are welcome too, but must be on a short lead at all times and one dog per person. No one finishes last as there is always a volunteer tail walker. The events really are focused on encouraging a healthy community and a fun social outlet for everyone.
The Wimmera River parkrun was launched in August 2018, lead by Candice Muszkieta and Andrew Sostheim, who applied for local grants to get the events up and running. “Both Andrew and I noticed there was something missing for those people who didn’t play sport i.e. netball, football, hockey etc. how can we get them to join in and be part of the community?” Said Candice. “What if they were new to the town, or injured and still wanted to socialise but weren’t ‘club’ affiliated? We thought parkrun would be a great fit for Horsham and so far we are more than happy with the local involvement and all the continuous new faces we see each week”.
The parkrun team are planning various themed events throughout the year including a Christmas run. Plus, each week the parkrunners grab a post-run coffee; the venue is on a rotation basis and announced each week on Facebook and at the run briefing.
How do I participate?
1. Visit parkrun.com.au/register to enter your details
2. You will receive a confirmation email with a link to your personal barcode
3. Print the barcode and make sure you scan before the run
4. Meet at the Horsham War Memorial at 8am on a Saturday, and run like the wind!
5. Login to your profile on the website or the parkrun app and see your time
Want to volunteer?
If you’re interested in volunteering to help out with a Wimmer River parkrun, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Horsham’s parkrun is a flat, out and back course along the banks of the Wimmera River. The course starts adjacent to the Horsham War Memorial before crossing the river using the Centenary Bridge. After the river crossing, turn left along the sealed path towards and under the Western Highway Bridge to the turn-around point. Then return to the start/finish area using the same paths. The track is a mixture of sealed surfaces.