Creating a stronger, more vibrant and active community

The Hamilton parkrun team is thrilled to unveil new track markers and signage at Lake Hamilton. These valuable new assets have been funded through a grant from the Stronger Communities Programme with the support of Dan Tehan, Member for Wannon.

The grant of $6750 was awarded to the team to support the launch and ongoing sustainability of Hamilton parkrun, a free, weekly, timed, 5km walk, jog or run that is open to everyone and takes place every Saturday morning at 8am at Lake Hamilton.

The grant has funded the purchase of equipment, including a laptop, camera, and a defibrillator, that help ensure the smooth operation and safety of the event and participants.

The grant also provided much needed funds to purchase and install 2 community information signs, and 6 stone kilometer markers, with the aim being to encourage community members to get out and make use of the lake walking track more often by completing the 5km parkrun course, any day of the week.

The signs include a map of the lake and parkrun course, as well as a description of the event to encourage everyone to give it a go. The new permanent stone markers indicate the start/finish point, turnaround point and each kilometer of the course, making it easier for any local or tourist to complete the parkrun course any day of the week, simply by following these markers.

Thanks to the support of Dan Tehan and the valuable in-kind contribution of Southern Grampians Shire Council, the installation of the signage and stone markers as part of this generous Stronger Communities Grant will help build a stronger, more vibrant and active community.

Some key Hamilton parkrun data.
• Hamilton parkrun is parkrun global event #835
• Hamilton parkrun is parkrun Australia’s event #140 (there are now over 260 events in Australia)
• Hamilton parkrun was founded on 10 October 2015.

Since launch:
• We have hosted 113 events
• Our smallest event had 27 finishers
• Our largest event had 123 finishers
• There are 902 registered Hamilton parkrunners
• They have completed a total of 6,052 walks/runs
• An average of 53.6 people participate every week
• A minimum of 6 people volunteer every week
• There have been 1,073 Personal Bests achieved
• There have been 865 volunteers
• 18 people have walked or run at parkrun more than 50 times
• 4 people have volunteered more than 25 times
• They have collectively walked or ran 30,260kms which is 2 full trips around Australia
• The fastest time ever is currently 00:16:52
• The slowest time is currently 01:11:11
• The average time is currently 00:33:35
• Each participant completes an average of 7.2 parkruns.

Hamilton parkrun has reached all sections of the community and the above data is evidence that the free weekly event has been able to:
• Improve the health and wellbeing of our community by encouraging physical fitness to those that cannot afford to join a gym or group sports.
• Reduce the rate of sedentary activity and the rate of obesity in our area by increasing physical activity across all sections of the community.
• Increase the use of the Lake – in turn building community pride.
• Contribute towards building a positive local community culture that is healthy and happy and inclusive – everyone is welcome at parkrun.
• Put Hamilton on the global parkrun tourism map – encouraging parkrun tourists to our region – we welcome at least 1 tourist each week and see many more over the summer period.

Hamilton parkrun starts at the Lakes Edge Adventure Playground, every Saturday. Safety briefing at 7.50am, walk/run at 8.00am. Social catch up at the Roxburgh Café – 64 Thompson Street.

To register and receive your personal barcode visit www.parkrun.com.au/register

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