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Bring a friend for a run

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September 09, 2017

Brady Threlfall, Jacinda Herrett, Brett Sands, Anthony Farrant, Emily Flanigan who all volunteer for Park Run.

ECHUCA-MOAMA’S parkrun will be re-launched this spring starting with its ‘bring a friend day’ tomorrow morning.

The committee is encouraging every man, woman, child and their dog to take part in the 19th run, which departs from Echuca Lions Club Park, at the corner of Campaspe Esplanade and Ogilvie Ave, at 8am sharp every Saturday morning.

Parkrun is made up of a nation-wide community taking place on a weekly basis in various locations around Australia.

The event saw more than 260 participants take part in the free, timed 5km run or walk when it was first launched in Echuca-Moama on May 6, 2017.

Numbers dropped off during the cold, winter months, but the event organiser Anthony Farrant was expecting close to the same amount of people for its ‘bring a friend day’.

‘‘During the winter months we’ve been averaging around 100 people for the parkrun,’’ Farrant said.

‘‘It’s understandably become less in the colder weather, but with spring starting up again we hope to attract even more participants.

‘‘If each one of those 100 people brings at least one friend, that’s easily 200 people potentially running or walking (tomorrow).’’

The committee, made up of Farrant, Brett Sands, Emily Flanigan, Brady Threlfall and Jacinda Herrett, take turns each week as run director and are looking for people willing to volunteer on any given week.

In the four months it’s been running Echuca-Moama has had more than 500 people take part in the parkrun.

Anyone can register for the event and people can walk or run with prams and a dog, but no scooters or bikes are allowed.

Participants must register online at www.parkrun.com.au prior to the run and bring along their printed bar code for scanning to measure their times Australia-wide.

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