The first official parkrun at Edithburgh will be held this Saturday, making it the first on Yorke Peninsula, while Port Broughton is holding another trial on Sunday.
To the uninitiated, parkrun is a global movement of free, five-kilometre timed runs/walks held on Saturday mornings.
The idea is that anyone regardless of fitness or age can participate, can have fun and can enjoy the often-picturesque surroundings.
It’s about inclusiveness and wellbeing and creating a community. A community which travels wherever you want as once you register you can run/walk at whichever parkrun you want.
Local organisers have done a fantastic job in bringing this opportunity to Yorke Peninsula.
They should be commended for taking the initiative in organising the event and providing a new avenue of exercise for locals, and a product for tourists to consume as well.
Regional areas are sometimes neglected in terms of services and opportunities available, although this is occurring less and less these days.
It is still a wonderful thing to see something new, fresh, and often thought of as just a big city thing coming to the region.
As a country and as an area we know obesity is a problem, YP did rank the worst for unhealthy weight in 2016 statistics.
Anything that creates an opportunity for people to be active, to get out and to interact with others is an excellent thing.
I’d like to see this grow into other towns on the peninsula, if it proves successful at Edithburgh and Port Broughton.
The Edithburgh track incorporates a section of the Walk the Yorke and there are other towns around YP which could access similar areas and showcase more of the region.
Whatever happens it’s great to see locals leading the charge and trying to make our communities more active.
Rhiannon Koch, Journalist