Jack Oberg out of the blocks with about 40 other participants at the inaugural junior parkrun at Cannonvale State School on Sunday morning.
Jack Oberg out of the blocks with about 40 other participants at the inaugural junior parkrun at Cannonvale State School on Sunday morning. Jessica Lamb

First junior parkrun leaves smiles all round

THE pitter patter of little feet at Cannonvale State School this morning signalled a new era for parkrun as the first Cannonvale junior parkrun went off without a hitch.

As one of three 12-month trials across Australia, the free event had over 40 participants aged from four to 14 run two kilometres in three laps of the school grounds.

An army of volunteers acted as course marshals, timers and some even completed the course themselves to bring up the rear of the field.

Chief executive officer for parkrun Australia Tim Oberg said the event was two years in the planning and was all about having fun and promoting a healthy lifestyle.

"You can run and have fun or walk and talk, it doesn't matter- the 14-year-olds at the front are just as important as the walkers coming behind,” he said.

"We are running it in Cannonvale State School to provide the safest environment possible for the kids away from water and roads.”

Optional timing is provided by barcodes each child has scanned at the end of the run and parents are welcome to run along-side their little ones.

The junior parkrun is a free event held every Sunday at Cannonvale State School from 8am with warm up at 7.50am.

Visit the parkrun website to register.


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