Michael Angrove running in Mount Doug Park. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

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Parkrun Victoria is seeking volunteers and participants.

Parkrun is a popular recurring event that takes place in various city parks around the world on a consistent basis. It is free and all runs are organised and run over the distance of 5K.

Currently, there are 14 different countries where Parkruns are hosted and within those countries, there are many Parkrun events in various cities.

Local organiser Michael Angrove of Victoria is a member of the Prairie Inn Harriers Running Club and he is looking to recruit volunteers and of course runners.

“It is an international phenomenon that is held every Saturday in parks around the world. It is a free, timed 5k, in which participants sign up once online, print their personal barcode, and come run! Victoria’s Parkrun will be held on the Dallas Road walkway starting at Clover Point,” shared Angrove.

The official launch date is Saturday, August 12.

They will need volunteers on in place for August 5th to do a practice run to test out the timing equipment and to ensure everything runs smoothly for participants.

“The key positions would be chip distributor, barcode scanner, timer, tail walker, and photographer,” added Angrove.

Contact organiser Michael Angrove by email at mcangrove@gmail.com

In Canada, there are currently nine cities that host Parkrun, Victoria would be number 10. To date, according to Parkrun.ca, where statistics are kept, there are 185 events, 1832 runners, with a total number of 5,940 runs with over 1200 personal bests, in Canada alone.