Naracoorte Parkrun returns

READY, SET, GO: Parkrun Naracoorte participants get ready to start.
READY, SET, GO: Parkrun Naracoorte participants get ready to start.

After a false start last month, due to the state's 'circuit-breaker' lockdown, Naracoorte Parkrun will be back up and running this weekend.

After a long shutdown due to COVID-19, Parkrun will return tomorrow, Saturday, December 5..

Event Co-Director Volunteer Fiona Dinham said last month that Parkrun was a great way for everyone to get exercise while taking part in the community.

"Parkrun is international, it started in the UK and it's been in Australia for quite a few years now," she said.

"It used to be marketed towards people that run but now it has evolved and become something which is more of a community event.

"We encourage people of all ages and all abilities to attend, so it's not just for runners - it's for walkers, joggers and runners."

Parkrun is a timed, five kilometre, mixed terrain course that starts from Naracoorte Swimming Lake at 8am and covers part of the Creek Walk and through the parklands.

People can run, jog or walk, and can do on their own or bring some friends.

It is free to take part, but participants do need to register on the Parkrun website prior to the day.

Dinham said it was a great, healthy way to take part in the community.

"In light of the way everything was shut down for COVID, it's probably a good way to start getting people back out in the community and reconnecting with people agai," she said.

"Because we encourage people of all abilities to come out, we are not just for runners, we are happy for people to walk or jog around the course.

"People can bring one dog and have it on a short lead and the council has recently installed a drinking fountain, with a water bowl for the dogs.

"You can bring prams, but given the terrain, they have to have good wheels."

Those that have some time to spare on a Saturday morning are urged to consider volunteering, with six volunteers needed to help run the event.

Anyone interested in learning more, or who wish to volunteer can contact the Naracoorte Parkrun on Facebook at

To register for the run, visit