Forest Lake will soon be welcoming the iconic fitness and community-building initiative, parkrun.

Runners from Forest Lake have met with a parkrun representation this month to talk about a potential track. It is a 5km route that would follow a bush track behind St John’s Anglican College from the oval on Forest Lake Boulevard to the end of Blunder Rd.

However, the ambassador for the event, Kristen McGuire said that nothing has been made official yet but she is confident that an event will push through early next year.

parkrun organises free and weekly 5km timed runs all over the world. It is open for everyone plus it’s free! All people of every ability are encouraged to be a part of this event and it aims to hold an event in every community that wants one. They have already hosted over 30,000 events in 260 locations all over the world.

Tim Oberg, the person responsible for bringing this to Australia met parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt in 2010 in Wimbledon, where Tim asked Paul if he could bring the parkrun concept Down Under. Not long after that, he was given the go-signal, and that’s when it all started. In 2011, parkrun was officially launched in Australia.