VOLUNTEERS have started running free 5km timed events at Woodbridge Riverside Park on Saturdays.
Lesmurdie resident Jenae Sorgiovanni said the team of volunteers organised the weekly runs, called parkrun, from 8am.
The first event, held in February saw more than 400 people take part and since then between 120 and 200 people regularly attend.
“parkrun is a national event run in over 120 different locations in Australia,” Mrs Sorgiovanni said.
“After participating in events in other areas and seeing a strong need for it in the foothills community, myself and a group of others decided it was time to talk to the City of Swan about commencing one at Woodbridge Riverside park.
“It is the perfect flat 5km out and back course.”
Mrs Sorgiovanni said the community events were suitable for all ages and stages, with walkers and runners aged six to over 60 taking part.
“It is the same distance each week; a 5km run or walk for people of all levels,” she said.
“We say that parkrun is for everyone; from beginners to Olympians.
“We all hang around and have a chat with like minded people at Cafe Life afterwards.”
Mrs Sorgiovanni said the group had approval from City of Swan to run the events, and sponsorships kept entry free for participants.
To take part, people can print a barcode from the website.