Dundalk Parkrun celebrates its first anniversary this Saturday
Dundalk Parkrun will celebrate its first anniversary this Saturday.
Every Saturday morning for the past 12 months in DkIT sports grounds the gates open to volunteers and park runners in all weathers to run, jog or walk the 5km route.
Parkun is community run for the community and is a free timed run which has become popular since starting last June. Carmel Drumgoole set up the event with the support of Derek Crilly, DkIT, Louth Sports Partnership, and Tesco Extra Dundalk.
Their support helped fund the set up phase and it has been up to the core group with the help of the weekly volunteers to continue running the event.
There have been some great results and fitness levels improving across the board as parkun is open to all age groups and abilities. Throughout the year there was also a fantastic fancy dress appearance for Halloween as well as Christmas.
January seen the start of Operation Transformation with local lady Mary Maher becoming Dundalk’s Ambassador and with her help Dundalk Parkrun had huge numbers turn up for the series with lots of people getting out and active. Unfortunately in February Carmel the event director emigrated to Canada with Sarah McEneaney taking over. Carmel is currently in the process of setting up parkrun in Canada/
To mark the first anniversary Sarah and the rest of the Dundalk parkrun volunteers would like to welcome everyone to run, jog, walk, volunteer or even come and support the park runners. There will be cake, tea/coffee and also a presentation of prizes for the yearly points competition.
The event gets underway from 9.15am and anyone can register for free at www.parkrun.ie/register. Simply print off your personal barcode and bring it along each week to log your result.