The shared vision of Athletics Australia and parkrun Australia to get more people moving expands with today’s launch of Junior parkrun, announced in Canberra this morning.
Junior parkrun follows the traditional parkrun format in a new series of 2km events on Sundays to encourage children from the age of four to 14 years-old to participate in a fun, friendly and safe environment. Junior parkrun will be free to enter, for all abilities, and organised by local volunteers.
Darren Gocher, CEO Athletics Australia, joined Tim Oberg, parkrun Australia CEO, along with several Federal MPs, including Opposition leader Bill Shorten for a celebratory lap around Parliament House.
“Today parkrun takes an important step to offer even more events to the community with Junior parkrun,” said Gocher.
“As a community, we need to be doing everything possible to get kids outdoors playing sport and away from their computers, iPads and TVs.
“This program will help do that. Athletics Australia is fully supportive of Junior parkrun and will work to attract even more kids and families to their local parkrun to get a love of running and walking. We want children to love their athletics for life, and it all starts at the local Little Athletics centre or a nearby park with Junior parkrun.”
Parkrun has so far attracted over half a million Australians to participate in the free, timed 5km events every Saturday across the country. Athletics Australia’s commitment to growing community participation in recreational running and walking sees parkrun as a key contributor to the organisation’s strategic priority of promoting athletics’ accessibility to all people, regardless of ability or background, for life.