Get your joggers and running gear ready – parkrun is coming to Camden.
The popular international running event will be held at the Camden bike track.
Camden councillors approved the new event at last night’s council meeting.
Parkrun directors Monique Pirrone and Steve Cooper were delighted to hear the health and fitness initiative was approved.
Mr Cooper’s 11-year-old daughter, Tali, addressed the councillors at the meeting.
“My family and I often go to the parkrun events in Picton and Campbelltown – but having one in Camden would be great for our town,” the Camden girl said.
“After the run people can have some breakfast or shop in town.”
While an official start date hasn’t been announced, Ms Pirrone said they hoped to get the event up and running by mid-August.
“We’re lucky to have two parkrun events nearby but given that Camden is a growing area I think it would be nice to have one in our hometown,” she said.
“Parkrun is a health and well-being initiative for people from all walks of life.
“We have great facilities at the bike track – it is already a popular running, walking and bike-riding spot for locals.
“This event is another chance to promote the use of those facilities every Saturday morning.”
The parkrun will start at Rotary Cowpasture Reserve, with participants running south for two-and-a-half kilometres before turning around.
Ms Pirrone said the Camden parkrun had already amassed strong community support.
“There are people who travel to Picton and Campbelltown to participate who have said they would like one in Camden, as well as people on Facebook community groups,” she said.
“My co-director Steve has been advocating for a Camden parkrun for a number of years and we have received a lot of encouragement from the community and Camden Council.”
Ms Pirrone said the parkrun was for people of all health and fitness levels.
“It’s for serious runners and walkers or people who just want to get out there and give it a go or learn to run,” she said.
“There is great community spirit and it’s such a warm environment so we encourage people to come along once it is up and running to enjoy the event.
“We’d also like to thank the Campbelltown parkrun director Robert Prentice for the support and guidance as well as the Macarthur Softball Associaition for allowing us to use their restroom facilities during the event.”