Parkrun makes sticking to resolutions easy
TWO weeks ago, Dalby's parkrun took place for its 100th time and drew over 100 runners to take to the pavement.
Ever a popular event, information from the Western Downs Regional Council suggests the event -and it's sister events around the region - have increased in popularity following the new year.
The event in Dalby has increased its average attendance from 57 to 83 parkrunners and the event in Miles has seen growth from 35 to 45 runners on average.
Myfanwy Schenk, director of Dalby parkrun, said new runners would feel the benefits after a couple of weeks of running.
"It's so worth it. It feels painful when you're there but give it a couple of days and you'll start to build your strength. Give it a couple of weeks and you'll really start to feel the benefits,” she said.
She said she encouraged everyone to keep up with it, even after the buzz of New Year's Resolutions wears off.
"We celebrated our 100th event recently and 107 people came and about 50 per cent of those people will add it to their routine,” she said.
Community and Cultural Development Councillor Kaye Maguire said it was fantastic to see so many people getting involved with the free event.
"Events like parkrun in Miles and Dalby are such a great way for families and people of all ages and fitness levels to get out and be active,” she said.
Dalby Parkrun takes place along the Myall Creek, allowing runners to take in pleasant scenery while they get their hearts pumping on the pavement.
"It's not just about getting some exercise; it's a chance to connect with other people in the community and enjoy the beautiful landscape, Cr Maguire said.
"I encourage people to get up that little bit early on a Saturday morning and give it a go,” she said.