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Bargara Parkrun reaches 100th event milestone

Bargara Parkrun
Run director Phil Dunkley at Nielson Park for the start of a Bargara Parkrun event.

Bargara Parkrun will be celebrating its 100th event this Saturday, with new entrants and the whole community invited to participate.

Run director Phil Dunkley said he introduced the community event to the region almost two years ago after experiencing a similar run in Hervey Bay.

“I thought it was a great idea,” he said.

“I firstly introduced the run in Bundaberg before opening up the Bargara Parkrun event.”

Phil said the initial start-up day had a huge turnout and the run had been experiencing success ever since.

“Our start-up day was massive we had about 320 people turn up for the event, which was to be expected because those days are always big,” he said.

“Once that settled we started with over 100 people joining in every week which has steadily grown to more than 200 people each Saturday.

“I was actually looking back at the photos from previous years and some of our very first participants are still running or walking with us today, which is fantastic.”

Runners at the first ever Bargara Parkrun event in 2018.
Runners at the first ever Bargara Parkrun event in 2018.

Phil said Bargara Parkrun was free to participate in, with runners and walkers meeting every Saturday at Nielson Park from 7am.

“The single loop course makes its way from Nielson Park through to Mon Repos,” he said.

“It then turns back around and goes all the way to Bargara and back again to Nielson Park.”

Phil said Bargara Parkrun not only promoted health and fitness, but was also the perfect place to socialise.

“It's about bringing the community together, it's great for personal health and you can run or walk.

“We have a lot of families involved and a lot of older people who make it their social gathering for the week.

“We also have a fantastic and fun team of volunteers who love coming together to help out each week.”

Bargara Parkrun volunteers
The volunteers of Bargara Parkrun.

The 100th milestone Bargara Parkrun event will be held this Saturday from 7am at Nielson Park.

For new runners or walkers wishing to participate, just head here to register for free.

Find out more about the Bargara Parkrun here.

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