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Parkrun jogs into Wanaka

Photo: Edgewater Lake Wanaka on Instagram @edgewater_lakewanaka

Local runners of all abilities are being invited to stretch their legs on Saturday mornings as part of a worldwide fun and fitness initiative.

Parkrun, which operates in 20 countries across the globe, offers people the chance to run, jog or walk a five-kilometre track every week.

It arrived in Wanaka on Saturday, February 24 and the first event saw more than 100 people make the short trip along a dedicated course at Wanaka Station Park.

Organiser Jane Sharman said it had been a big success.

“It was so good. We were really pleased. It was a beautiful morning and we had lots of people turn up. Everyone was really happy and we had no incidents.

“It’s open to all abilities and it's not classed as a race. It’s about you tracking your personal times each week and you can run, walk, push your baby in a buggy or walk your dog on a lead,” she said.

Parkrun will run every Saturday for the foreseeable future and participants can monitor their individual progress via a print-at-barcode which tracks their personal times.

The event is free and is available to anyone who wants to take part. It starts at 8am each week, changing to 9am after daylight saving ends. For more details and to register, visit

Pictured are the UK’s Mary and Philip Lynch, who have been travelling around New Zealand doing parkruns as they go. Wanaka was the fifth of their trip and they have done more than 100 around the world.

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