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Weekly parkrun event launched at Elliott Heads

The volunteers at the launch of the Elliott Heads parkrun.

Local walkers and runners will have a new location to take part in weekly parkrun activities with Elliott Heads now hosting its very own event.

The course, which follows the path along the esplanade, is a straight up and back five-kilometre stretch starting at 7 am each Saturday.

Elliott Heads beach parkrun event director Barb Ballinger said the event was launched last week with more than 140 participants taking part.

“The launch took place last Saturday at Elliott Heads beach, luckily the rain stopped long enough and a crowd turned out to see the course,” Barb said.

“We had 147 participants at the launch to try out the course and they all provided positive feedback including that the course has great views, challenging hills but is still easy to follow.

“We start between the kiosk and the Surf Life Saving Club for a straight out and back course, all on footpath, along a scenic coastline.”

“We had the help of 10 great volunteers including Councillor Vince Habermann and Councillor Tanya McLoughlin showing support from Bundaberg Regional Council.

“This parkrun was made possible by a community grant from Ergon-Energex, so we are most grateful to have received this.”

Barb said the idea for the local parkrun came from wanting to provide people with a third location in the region to choose from.

“I loved the idea of parkrun as it provides a social and inclusive space for walkers and runners, and I thought we also had a perfect place to start our own,” she said.

“So, I approached Bargara parkrun event director Phil Dunkley to see if it was possible and he helped us secure funding for the defibrillator and start up, while walking us through the process to help make it all happen.

“Phil is now our event ambassador.”

To participate in the event, register at parkrun.com.au, download and take a screenshot of your barcode and head down to Elliott Heads each Saturday.

You can keep up to date with the latest from Elliott Heads Beach parkrun on Facebook.

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