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Wimmera River parkrun ready to launch

READY TO RUN: A group of Horsham running enthusiasts are gearing up for the launch of a new Wimmera River parkrun next month. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

READY TO RUN: A group of Horsham running enthusiasts are gearing up for the launch of a new Wimmera River parkrun next month. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

By SARAH SCULLY
Instigators of a Wimmera River parkrun will see their work come to fruition next month when the weekly event launches in Horsham.
Running enthusiasts Andrew Sostheim and Candice Muszkieta joined forces in March to create an ongoing event that would make the most of an ‘underused’ Wimmera River.
Parkruns are weekly, free, five-kilometre timed events run around the world.
The Horsham event will launch on Saturday, August 25 at 7.30am.
“Candice and I are excited to have finally ticked the boxes for our Wimmera River parkrun,” Mr Sostheim said.
“Parkruns are friendly and fun and they are run entirely by volunteers.
“They are open to people of all ages and abilities – it doesn’t matter how fast you go, it doesn’t matter what you’re wearing, only that you are taking part.  
“There are now parkrun events in 20 countries worldwide, with more than 300 weekly events.”
Mr Sostheim said the project would incorporate health, wellbeing and tourism benefits while showcasing the river. “Parkrun is about inclusiveness and wellbeing and getting active in a non-competitive environment,” he said.
“We want as many people as possible to feel part of our community, brought together by our event, as well as our global parkrun family.”
The Wimmera River parkrun course will be 2.5 kilometres out and back.
Participants will start at Saywer Park, then head west along the river, over Anzac Centenary Bridge, left along the river’s southern bank and under the main traffic bridge for another 500 metres to a turnaround point, before heading back the same way to Sawyer Park.
“We have been thrilled by the interest shown by the Horsham and Wimmera community to date,” Mr Sostheim said.
“Along with Candice and myself as event directors, we also have a fantastic group of 30-plus volunteers to make our event run smoothly. We only need six to eight volunteers each week.”
Mr Sostheim said organisers sourced funding for the parkrun through Horsham Rural City Council and Horsham Sports and Community Club grants.
“This includes an event defibrillator,” he said.
“We are also excited to have a free breakfast for participants and volunteers after the launch, made possible through the generosity of Hillross Horsham and Rotary Club of Horsham East.”
Mr Sostheim said participating in a parkrun was simple.
“Register once, print your barcode, then turn up and take part wherever you want, whenever you want,” he said.
People can visit www.parkrun.com.au/register/ to register.
Mr Sostheim said people could also message the ‘Wimmera River parkrun, Horsham’ Facebook page for more information or to inquire about becoming a volunteer.
The Horsham parkrun is the third in the Wimmera, joining events at Nhill and Ararat.

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