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Lake Ginninderra Free Parkrun

John Knight Memorial Park. Image by Kimberly Kang

The Lake Ginninderra Park Run is a free event held every Sunday at John Knight Memorial Park. The activity is a great way for Canberrans to get involved with outdoor exercise while having a great time! The event is a timed run which starts at 8am each week.

The Park Run is a 5km course that wraps around Lake Ginninderra. Participants are provided with a map of the route and guided along the course by helpful volunteers.

This event is a great way for everyone in Canberra to get involved and the best part is it’s completely free!

If you are participating in the run be sure to register before hand as registration is essential in order to receive a barcode to track your running time. Your personalised barcode will be scanned before and after the event to keep a record of your running time that can be accessed online. For avid runners, this is a great way to improve running times and stay motivated.

Ginninderra Parkrun route. Image by Kimberly Kang

The great thing about this Park Run is that it is open to all age groups! The inclusive event allows everyone to participate including babies in strollers. It’s a great event for professional runners, families and first timers, or anyone wanting to get outdoors and do something fun regardless of your fitness level.

Even though the Sunday Park Run is a timed event you can do it at your own pace. There is no pressure to get an excellent time or to beat your previous time, it is entirely up to you. As there is no pressure it allows everyone to enjoy the fun and maybe make some friends along the way.

Each week the Park Run is organised by a group from the large volunteer team, their devotion to the event ensures it happens successfully each and every week.

Participants at the starting line. Image by Kimberly Kang.

Kimberly Kang took park in the Ginninderra Park Run one Saturday morning to experience the fun for herself and meet some of the regulars.

During my Park Run experience I caught up with one of the volunteers who make this event happen each and every week. Sally and her husband were in charge of organising the event on this particular weekend, they regularly step up and take on this role.

Sally and her husband have been taking part in the Park Run as well as volunteering for many years and says she is more than happy to continue volunteering for many more years to come.

Following the Park Run, free coffee was provided at Birrigai Cafe for all the participants. With over one hundred people taking part in the Park Run every week free coffee following the run is a great incentive for people to stick around get to know each other.
“It’s a great way to meet new friends and have a chat,” Sally said, “or have a breakfast together at the Birrigai Cafe.”


For more information about the Lake Ginninderra Park Run, you can visit their website.


Other Park Run events in Canberra

Gungahlin Parkrun

Burley Griffen Parkrun

Coombs Parkrun

Queanbeyan Parkrun

Tuggeranong Parkrun

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