IN a normal world Taree parkrun would be marking its five year anniversary on Saturday.
Previous anniversaries have been celebrated with a special theme and usually attract one of the biggest turnouts of the year. Yet even with parkrun around the globe currently in lockdown because of the coronavirus crisis, the Taree event will still be celebrated tomorrow with a virtual parkrun.
"The intention is not to gather and not to run the parkrun course, but to run where you are, run a new path, get out in the bush even,'' Taree parkrun official Garry Woolnough explained on parkrun's Facebook page.
This will start at 7am and will have time slots every half hour, with the final at 4.30. Runners have been asked to nominate a slot. There's no limit to the number of runners who can pick a particular time.
"It doesn't matter how fast you complete your run/walk but during it please take a selfie,'' Garry continued.
"Send us your selfie, a photo of you in your favourite isolation outfit, your time slot you ran in and location to us here on Taree parkrun's messenger.''
There has been an enthusiastic response from parkrunners. Check the Facebook page for details.
However, there's still no date when parkrun will be back, according to the England-based Parkrun Global.
"We are moving forward, we are focused on reopening as soon as appropriate,'' a Parkrun Globas spokesman indicated.
"Until then, we continue to ask parkrun communities around the world not to arrange gatherings at their venues and thank them all for being so brilliant to date.''
Taree was the first parkrun to start on the Mid North Coast, followed by Port Macquarie. Port Macquarie's fifth anniversary will be on October 31.