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Nov 182014

Minnippi parkrun launchIt was almost a year ago that Minnippi parkrun – a free, weekly, 5km, timed event – was launched on a wild and wet Saturday morning in a park in Tingalpa.

The dreams of two local event directors to bring parkrun to their community and build a sustainable and inclusive event quickly came to fruition. They, along with the many others who turned out that day, could not have imagined just how it would impact on their lives and the wonderful journey it would take them on. It has proven to be about much more than just running …

Minnippi parkrun provides many people with a sense of belonging, a platform to volunteer and give back to their community, and the motivation to be active and healthy. Through the simple effort of cheering, high five-ing and offering those words through the sweat running off your face … “How did you go?” … friendships have formed where strangers once stood.

No matter if you take 15 or 55 minutes to complete the course, you are guaranteed to get loads of encouragement and support, and can trust that the volunteers will be there until the very last person crosses the finish line. parkrun allows all levels of society to come together and run or walk – no one has a higher standing than the other at the start line (unless of course they are actually taller).

Here are some highlights from our first year:

  • We hold the claim to fame as the only parkrun to launch in the pouring rain.
  • We have only had to cancel the event once (the course was flooded).
  • We’ve experienced heat, cold, wind and of course, rain. Our highest turnout of runners was on one of the hottest days of the year. Another day it was so cold, our camera wouldn’t work.
  • The course record is a blistering 15 minutes and 15 seconds.
  • We’ve been privileged to see several beautiful mums-to-be on course to maintain their fitness and then later returning with their new additions – our family is always growing!

While the event’s appeal and success stems from its natural, organic growth, we put the question out to our community.

Guard of Honour - Carina League Triathlon ClubLooking back over the past year, what has Minnippi parkrun achieved? They responded:

“I’m not runner or a helper. Achieved you asked … Through my eyes what it has done to one of my best friends – The running: excites, motivates, elevates, makes her colourful beyond belief and drives her .. NOONE could ask for more that! And she calls you family!!” – Simon

“There are very few true community events these days … All ages … All sizes … all speeds … A common purpose!” – Jenny

“Bewdiful people giving a purpose to Saturday mornings!” 😉 – Carina

“Great community spirit and creating new friendships!!” – Kerrie

“Fun, joy of running, sense of a shared community, PBs, goal setting and excellent use of a wonderful area every Saturday.” – Kristy

“Improved sense of community, promoting health and fitness locally.” – Bronwyn

“It’s been great to welcome so many park runners to Thompson Estate Athletics club. Whether they join for a bit of training on Mondays/Thursdays or because they want to compete against other clubs, it’s been a great benefit for the club.” – John

“It managed to get me out of bed before 9am on a Saturday which is a big achievement.” – Michelle

Thompson Estate  Athletics

Thompson Estate Athletics have joined forces with the Minnippi parkrun

To the entire Minnippi parkrun community – thank you! We look forward to helping you get your weekends off to a good start for many years to come!

A special thank you to Thompson Estate Athletics, Councillor Ryan Murphy, Genevieve from Carindale Connect and Glenn Millar from Remax United Vision, we appreciate your ongoing support.

With warmest regards,
Campbell & Carmel
Event Directors / Minnippi parkrun.

Minnippi parkrun Anniversary event – everyone welcome!
Saturday 29 November – Normal kick off time (7am), with presentations following.
There’s a dress up theme – M for Minnippi! Bring a plate of food to share after the run and hang around for celebrations and prices. Contact if you’re a local business/group who would like to donate a price or voucher.

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