Good courses. Good people. Good runnings.
GoodRunnings is a running organisation organised BY runners and FOR runners. Running is our passion – and we hope to make it yours! We offer runners & walkers a variety of scenic courses around South Australia - ranging from sealed coastal paths to mountain trail and everything in between! We aim to have something for everyone - and every budget - so we can spread the love of running throughout South Australia!
What can you do to be part of the group? Well, first and foremost… you can run! You could also volunteer or offer suggestions for areas/dates you think would be ideal for events.
So, come join the GoodFriends gang, hear about events, and help make the group great!
About the GoodGang
Anyone abreast of news in the national running world is well-aware of Karin Tappouras’s accomplishments. A wonderful representation of feminine strength and skill, in 2019 she became the fourteenth person in Australia to have run over 200 marathons. Other national records of hers (oh, yes, she has more than one!) include being the female Australian who has run the most marathons in a calendar year (67, in 2016). Her many sports accomplishments include a 100 miler, the Comrades ultramarathon, 8 separate Ironmen, 10 consecutive marathons in 10 days, and three consecutive marathons in one day.
Ambassador & Head Race Director
Bill Eldridge is no less accomplished in his support of the running world. He didn’t get hooked on running until later in life, finishing his first marathon in 2008 (and another in 2009!). His passion for the sport has only increased over the past decade, as has his desire to help other runners achieve their goals. His ever-present support in many of South Australia’s running events (from SAARC to GoodRunnings) has made him one of the most widely recognised and beloved figures in the South Australia running community. A conservative estimate suggests he volunteered his support for at least 500 hours each year for 2017-2018 - this volunteer time has included eight hours a day for ten consecutive days and two separate days with 22+ hour stints (one in support of a 100 miler event and another in support of a four-marathon-in-a-day event). His smiling face, firm embrace, and ongoing encouragement have enabled countless runners to achieve their dream of crossing the finish line. Bill’s first-hand knowledge of the behind-the-scenes logistics has also earned him the additional title of “Head Race Director”.
Dawn Parks, the primary organiser, has an abundance of running experience, particularly in the marathon and ultra marathon sectors. To date, she has run over 120 marathon (over 115 of which are official by Australian standards) and a few ultra marathons. Her marathon records include “Fastest Female in North America to Get to 100 Marathons [from her first marathon]”, “Second Fastest Person in North America to Get to 100 Marathons [from her first marathon]”, “Fastest Female in Australia to Get to 100 Marathons [from her first marathon]”, “Fastest Person in Australia to Get to 100 Marathons [from her first marathon]”, and “Youngest Female in Australia to Get to 100 Marathons”. She has also run a few ultras, including a 50km, a 100km (which she upgraded to from 42.2km on the day), and a 24 hour race.
About the GoodGang Roles:
a GoodRunnings ambassador
An ambassador is an individual who is passionate about GoodRunnings and its aims – so passionate that he/she has made it a personal aim to share the news of the organisation and its events, promoting it whenever possible. Ambassadors receive NO compensation for their efforts; instead, they have volunteered for the position due to a strong belief in GoodRunnings!
a (Head) Race Director
A race director is the person whose efforts ensure an event goes smoothly – that runners receive a comprehensible race briefing, begin on time, have plenty of hydration and aid available to them, are encouraged throughout the race, and are given an accurate finish time. These are all daunting tasks which few race directors can accomplish without ease. The head race director is the exception to this rule! When events are run following the expert guidance and standards of the Head Race Director, the events flow towards smooth, unparalleled perfection. Any occurrence which stops the event from flowing in smooth perfection is the result of missteps from new volunteers and learning race directors – never the Head Race Director. In sum, the Head Race Director is a paragon of support perfection.
an Event Organiser
Exactly that - a person who organises events! This involves all the behind-the-scenes unglorified work of scouting courses, filing event permits, re-arranging schedules, and a bunch of other non-fun thing to get you out and running!
A volunteer is an angelic creature willing to donate time to help an event run smoothly. All volunteers are heaven-sent delights, highly treasured, and treated with the utmost respect and consideration.
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