Make a run for it to Willow Park

The idea for Wodonga to host its own parkrun got legs from two running buddies.

Tanya Carroll and Maria Tames, who have run together for a couple of years, decided about eight months ago that Wodonga needed its own parkrun.

Working with parkrun Australia and then Wodonga Council, the duo's dream of having a parkrun in the city came to life.

"We often would do parkrun in Albury and sometimes they get really big numbers," event director Tanya said.

"We worked with parkrun Australua, contacted council and then Medibank came on board to provide the $7000 in funding the event required for it to run. That included $2000 for a defribulator, which each parkrun is required to have.

"We decided on Willow Park as the course will go all the way up to Les Stone Park and back. It's sealed and you don't have to cross any roads to complete the course."

Tanya said parkrun was for anyone who wanted to participate in a five kilometre run or walk.

"Parkrun is great because it encourages people to get out and get active," she said.

"You can walk the dog, walk with the pram or you can run to try and get a personal best every week. It's up to you.

"We had an 84-year-old the other day say they were going to come and paticipate so it's for everyone."

Tanya said the event required volunteers to help run it on weekly basis, but people didn't have to volunteer every week.

"We will work out a roster system. Maria and I are both event directors and we will take it in turns each fortnight to be event director as you can't run if you're in that role," she said.

The first Wodonga parkrun will start at 8am on Saturday, August 18. Runners are encouraged to meet for coffee afterwards at Wodonga Plant Farm.

For those who would like more information or to volunteer at the event, email willowoffice@parkrun.com or visit www.parkrun.com.au/willow