Weipa parkrun participants have covered the staggering equivalent of one-and-a-half times around the equator since the weekly community event launched in July 2016.
The national parkrun movement offers those competing the opportunity to walk, jog or run a five-kilometre course around their town each Saturday morning.
In the past seven-and-a-half years in Weipa, 1,710 participants have completed 13,037 parkruns, burning some serious rubber on their shoes – and thongs – to notch up a total distance of 65,185km.
To put that into context, the circumference of the equator is a touch over 40,000km.
In a statistic reflective of Weipa’s community-focused mindset, 449 individuals have volunteered 2,354 times to ensure the starter’s gun fires every week.
70 participants took to the course on 3 February, 2024 for parkrun 351, with nine maiden runners celebrated and three personal bests recorded.
For those pondering whether they can set a record for the course, the Damien Messmer set a blistering pace of 16 minutes, 46 seconds for the five kilometres at parkrun 235 in October 2021.
Lizzy Bagnall is the reigning women’s record holder, with a personal best of 18 minutes, 41 seconds set in April 2023 at parkrun 266.