This weekend Parkrun runners of Heidedal will be running their 100th parkrun and they are looking forward to painting Heidedal black – as this is the colour that symbolises the 100th run – to celebrate the milestone they have reached.
Event director, Edwin Jacquire, told Bloemfontein Courant that currently this is the most central parkrun in the city and that every single person in and around Bloemfontein is invited to come and walk, jog or run.
He further said that the numbers of this parkrun never really grew as big as they would have liked but they are still hopeful that it will change over time. “I want people to realise that they have this special event every Saturday for free. It gives them a chance to come and exercise and have a good time.”
Jacquire explained that at the beginning, besides the turnout, there were many challenges like securing the same venue every weekend, but eventually everything has started falling into place.
He added that he was proud of this event and how far it has come. They sometimes even receive runners from all over the world visiting the Heidedal Parkrun. They are also making a call to the greater Bloemfontein to come and help out on Saturdays as volunteers.
Jacquire said they had started the Heidedal Parkrun back in May 2017. They have a lot to celebrate at the moment as their birthday is also around the corner. According to him there are many milestones that can be reached when being a part of this international event.
“Everyone who is interested to be part of this weekend’s parkrun should come dressed in black or any dark clothing. The parkrun will start at 08:00 sharp. Those struggling to find the venue, can type ‘Heidedal Parkrun’ into google maps and it should take you right to the starting line. We are hoping to see a bigger turnout than usual, so please arrive a few minutes earlier,” he concluded. – Sazly Hartzenberg