We know walking is good for both the mind and body but sometimes we need a little encouragement to head out the door! parkwalk at local parkrun events provides an opportunity every Saturday morning to try a new place to walk, walk in a safe space and meet other people to walk with.
parkwalk is organised by parkrun, which is a free, weekly, community 5km walk, jog or run event held every Saturday in local parks and reserves, organised by local volunteers.
Running or jogging not your thing?
Throughout October, parkrun is encouraging people to join in their weekly events by walking as part of the parkwalk campaign.
The name parkrun might imply that parkrun is only for those who run, but walking has always been welcome and the parkwalk campaign is designed to highlight this.
parkrun is a positive, welcoming and inclusive experience where there is no time limit and no one finishes last.
WSLHD Health Promotion team member, Elizabeth Leece and her daughter, Emma, recently joined parkrun.
“Emma and I walked Rooty Hill parkrun at Bungarribee Park a few weeks ago. It was such a friendly atmosphere, with people young and old, parents with prams and even pet dogs on leashes joining in.
It’s a free, volunteer-run event and the volunteers were amazing, cheering us on at all the turning points. We loved the wide, flat path, listening to the frogs and even spotting some kangaroos in the distance. It was a great way to start the morning,” said Elizabeth.
Where is parkrun in Western Sydney?
parkrun events are available every Saturday morning, with 30 locations across Sydney.
Western Sydney locations include:
- Parramatta – 8am at George Kendell Riverside Park, Ermington
- Rooty Hill – 8am at Bungarribee Park, Western Sydney Parklands
- Rouse Hill – 8am at Rouse Hill Regional Park, Worcester Road, Rouse Hill
- The Ponds – 8am at The Ponds Community Hub, Riverbank Drive, The Ponds
- Whalan – 8am at Catlin Close, Whalan Reserve, Whalan
Remember to wear a hat, sunscreen and take water with you.
Book your parkwalk in for this Saturday!
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