Kamay parkrun

Spring update | September 2017 

You may remember an article in our newsletter late last year regarding the launch of Kamay parkrun.

Parkrun organises free, weekly, 5km timed runs that are open to everyone of all ages and abilities. Runs are family-friendly and fun to take part in either as a runner or walker. Each parkrun is run by volunteers and the our local parkrun at Kamay is a two lap 5km course starting in the park adjacent to the Yarra Bay Sailing Club, Yarra Bay Beach, Phillip Bay. 

One hundred and twenty three runners completed the inaugural Kamay parkrun on 26 November 2016, including the local Federal Member Matt Thistlethwaite MP and the Randwick Mayor Cr Noel D’Souza. The run continues to be held every Saturday at 7am with a group of around 40-60 runners in any given week. 

In the nine months since it began, Kamay parkrun has become well-established as a fun and inclusive weekly community running event. Seven hundred and thirty seven different participants have run or walked 2,570 parkruns covering a total distance of 12,850 km, and achieving 589 new Personal Bests.

Parkrun, both globally and across Australia, has continued to grow, being present in over 1,165 locations around the world as at August 2017, with another 73 event locations set to launch before the end of October 2017.

Give parkrun a try!

Please come along if you’d be keen to give it a try. You can run or walk and both prams and dogs are welcome. Just register at www.parkrun.com.au (see Key links below for details on how to register), bring your Athlete printed Barcode, and you’ll be set to join a fun 5km event with your local community.

About parkrun | December 2016

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

 Key links

Facebook: www.facebook.com/kamayparkrun/

Kamay website home page: www.parkrun.com.au/kamay/

Register for FREE: www.parkrun.com.au/register 

  • Select Kamay as your Home Run 
  • Print out your unique Athlete barcode
  • Turn up with your barcode
  • Run or walk
  • HAVE FUN!
More information: Check out the flyer