parkrun organises free, weekly, 5km timed runs in 196 (and counting) locations around Australia.
parkrun events are open to everyone of all ages and abilities, and are free, safe and easy to take part in. parkrun is conducted by parkrun volunteers, who are runners/walkers just like yourself.
Just register at www.parkrun.com.au, and bring your Athlete printed Barcode, and you are ready to join an enjoyable 5km event with your local community.
On Saturday 26 November the inaugural Kamay parkrun was held with 123 runners completing the two lap course starting in the park adjacent to the Yarra Bay Sailing Club, Yarra Bay Beach, Phillip Bay. The local Federal Member Matt Thistlethwaite MP and the Randwick Mayor Cr Noel D’Souza were in attendance to help launch the first of a now weekly run, which is held every Saturday at 7am.
Just in case you were wondering. How did Kamay parkrun get its name? The name Kamay is the Aboriginal name for Botany Bay. The local National Park, Kamay Botany Bay National Park is located at Kurnell and La Perouse, with the La Perouse section extending from Cape Banks to Bare Island.
The name Kamay came from the original owners of the land who traditionally occupied the Botany Bay area prior to European occupation. The Bidjigal, Gweagal and Gadigal family groups occupied Botany Bay and their proximity to the coast meant that they enjoyed a plentiful supply of fish with fresh water supplies and places of natural shelter. The northern area of Kamay (La Perouse) was called Guriwal meaning ‘place of the bush pigeon’. Families of the La Perouse Aboriginal community today can trace their ancestors back to pre-contact times.
Q and A
Q: What is Kamay parkrun?
A: A 5km run — it's you against the clock.
Q: When is it?
A: Every Saturday at 7:00am.
Q: Where is it?
A: In the park adjacent to the Yarra Bay Sailing Club, 67-69 Yarra Road, Phillip Bay