Parkruns across Canberra are using the Check In CBR app.
20 November 2020
There’s a rare breed of people who are dedicated enough to wake up early on a Saturday, lace up their runners and hit the pavement. And, should you head to Lake Tuggeranong, Mount Ainslie, Yerrabi Pond, Weston Park, Coombs, Amaroo District Playing Fields or Lake Ginninderra, you’ll find these people in droves.
Last Saturday, more than 1,400 early birds participated in parkruns across Canberra. After checking-in with the Check In CBR app and praising the beautiful spring morning, the parkrunners were off.
Parkruns are free, weekly 5km ‘community events’, held across the world. In Australia, there are more than 400 locations where runners, joggers, walkers and strollers can complete the 5km event.
Earlier this year, due to COVID-19, parkrun went on a six-month hiatus in Canberra. For the avid parkrunner – and there are a lot! – this was a blow to their weekly habits, the community they had built and their fitness routines.
Sarah McDonnell, a seasoned attendee having completed 158 parkruns in more than 50 locations, explains that when people first join parkrun, “they’re use to running alone, but then they come back a few times and they get addicted to the buzz and the sense of community”.
Thanks to dedicated officials, the strong sense of community and using the Check In CBR app to ensure a COVID-safe event, Canberra parkruns are back up and running, in a six-week trial format.
Check In CBR allows users to quickly check-in to venues, events and businesses. Users’ information is securely stored for 28 days. If contact tracing is required, ACT Health is able to access the information and minimise the chances of COVID-19 spreading in our community.
Checking-in is quick and easy, even with four-legged friends vying for your attention.
Walking into the recently renovated Yerrabi Pond District Park - the starting point for Gungahlin parkrun - it’s clear that parkrun is taking its responsibility to run COVID-safe events seriously.
Runners are met with spaced-out Check In CBR signs, each with a QR code to scan.
Parkrunners who don’t bring their phones can check in prior to arrival, like Jeff McKenzie - an avid parkrunner who has clocked up 324 parkruns in 27 different locations.
“The app’s the best one, I use it at parkrun, I use it at the Gungahlin and Woden libraries too,” Jeff said.
Run Director Sara Rowley ensured all participants were being COVID Safe. Volunteers helped minimise contact by scanning place-markers from a safe distance.
Kathryn Sliwinski – who’s run 263 events and travelled across Australia with her husband and children, pursuing off-the-beaten-track parkruns - praised Check In CBR’s user-friendliness. “There’s such a high compliance of runners using the app because it is so easy to use,” Kathryn said.
If you run a business, organisation, community group, event or venue, help protect the Canberra community and register with the Check In CBR app.