The Beaudesert walk/jog/run group celebrated its first birthday on Thursday, July 13, with a very special walking birthday party filled with balloons and cake.
After 12 months the group, which was founded by Beaudesert residents Shelly Currie and Melissa Frazer, has gone from strength to strength.
Ms Currie said the original idea for the group had formed after research about a parkrun for the area.
“As we couldn’t meet all the parkrun requirements we then found the Heart Foundation which still allowed us to create a social exercise group,” she said.
“We like members to sign up for free with the heart foundation, but it is not essential.”
By signing up with the Heart Foundation, walkers are able to track their progress and earn rewards points which goes toward foundation store vouchers.
“We’ve had a number of walkers hit the 50 walk mark which is very impressive,” Ms Currie said.
Men, women and children (and fur babies) can participate in the 5km walks and runs.
Ms Currie said numbers of walkers fluctuates due to the weather and personal commitments but there will always be someone to walk with.
“We make announcements regarding weather and changes on our Facebook page,” she said.
“You can see from our page that we are a great social group who would love to see more people come and share their early evening with us.”
Each Monday and Thursday the group, led by one of seven walking officials, meets at the Beaudesert Swimming Pool, 54 Brisbane St, Beaudesert, at 5.30pm.
The route follows paths and roads up to the top of the new Oakland Estate and then back down to the pool.
On Wednesdays, the group meets at 5.30am at the Hungry Jacks car park, 155-161 Brisbane St, Beaudesert, for a run/walk interval training session.
Each walker and runner can go at their own pace to complete each five km course.
Heart Foundation registration can be completed at walking.heartfoundation.org.au, then search postcode 4285 to find Beaudesert walk/jog/run.
Connect with the group on Facebook.