Yarrawonga’s own parkrun is coming

Volunteer co-event directors of Saturday's parkrun trial Tim Roadley and Liah Dridan with young participant Lachlan.

Local runners and walkers are set to embrace Yarrawonga’s very own parkrun after a successful first trial on the weekend.

The trial held on Saturday attracted 40 participants who started their 5km loop from Frank Keenan Reserve at the Yarrawonga Yacht Club.

The parkrun is a volunteer-led 5km event that takes place every weekend. The parkrun concept is held at locations all around the world, where people of all abilities and backgrounds can participate for free as walkers, joggers, runners and volunteers.

“The best-kept secret about parkrun is that it’s not about running - it’s about bringing people together to have some fun in a friendly, social and supportive environment,” volunteer co-event director Tim Roadley said.

“If you're looking to get more involved in your local community, come and join us.”

The official name of the event is the Frank Keenan Reserve parkrun. Frank Keenan Reserve better known as the Yarrawonga Yacht Club is the start of the course which then follows one of the region’s most popular walking tracks, Chinamans Island, to a turnaround point along the Silverwoods boardwalk, returning then the same way back to the start.

This will now mean that all the major towns in the Moira Shire now hold a parkun, Cobram will be celebrating its sixth year next month, and in recent years Numurkah and Nathalia have started their own events.

Another trial of the parkrun will be held on Sunday, June 26 before an official launch on Saturday, July 9 at 8am.