AFTER the longest shutdown in parkrun's history, the popular event will return to Singleton this Saturday.
The news comes after the NSW Government gave the green light for outdoor community sport, lifting the Covid-19 participation limits from 500 to 3000 people earlier this month.
Since its inception in August 2014, Singleton parkrun has only been cancelled one or two times due to extreme weather, and its return just before Christmas is a breath of fresh air for the community after a tough year.
"Everyone's pretty excited that we're finally coming back - it's been a long wait," Singleton parkrun event director Kirrilee Robinson said.
"It's not just for the physical exercise part of it but for mental health, just to get down there and be with the parkrun family, people have really missed that social interaction."
If you are attending the event for the first time, you must register at the following link, print off the barcode and bring it with you: https://www.parkrun.com.au/register/
Parkrunners will meet at the netball courts at Rose Point Park at 7.45am for an 8am start on Saturday. The event then runs every Saturday at the same time, 52 weeks a year.
Volunteers are still required for the day, and you can get in touch via the Singleton parkrun Facebook page.
The event will be running under parkrun's COVID-19 Framework, so there will be added measures to ensure everyone remains safe and healthy, but other than that, the event will run as usual with the regular course.
Measures include checking in with a QR code on arrival, washing of vests and finish tokens after every event, and transitioning away from stop watches and barcode scanners, with participants to use the parkrun App on their own phones to minimise the transfer of germs.
Finally, this Saturday will be Singleton's Christmas parkrun, so if you want to dress up for Christmas that would be highly encouraged.