May the course be with you

MAY the course be with you: With these words Yarrabilba Parkrun volunteer director Peta Burns launched Parkrun Yarrabilba’s fourth birthday celebrations on Saturday.

The fourth birthday run had a Star Wars theme. Runners dressed as their favourite characters to run the 5km course at Darlington Parklands.

We’re not sure how the Storm Troopers fared in the cross country event, but Leah, Tarnia and Judy, were each celebrating 100th parkruns.

Local area councillor Laurie Koranski dropped in to wish the event and its volunteers a happy birthday.

“Pete and her team do an awesome job bringing parkrun to our community each week,” said Cr Koranski.

“Yarrabilba Parkrun continues to grow – so much so that the council is working with Pete on ways to improve the course.

“We are looking forward to adding stencils to the footpaths to help runners with navigation as well as making some minor improvements to the course.”

Yarrabilba is one of dozens of Australian communities that stage Parkruns, making communities healthier, happier and more connected. More than 2300 athletes of all ages and abilities have run in more than 200 free weekly 5km Yarra runs.

Clay Dawson is the male record holder running the course in 16 minutes 23 seconds on December 30 last year.

Female record holder Brittany Zendler ran the course in 18 miniutes and five seconds on November 14, 2015.

Mt Tamborine, Logan River, Coomera and Underwood Park are other nearby communities that stage their own Parkruns.