BACK ON TRACK: Roxanne Sydenham gets ready for the Jacaranda Fun Run which returns to the Jacaranda Festival calendar tomorrow.
BACK ON TRACK: Roxanne Sydenham gets ready for the Jacaranda Fun Run which returns to the Jacaranda Festival calendar tomorrow. Adam Hourigan

Jaca Fun Run rejuvenated as part of university project

AFTER a year in the wilderness the Jacaranda Fun Run is back.

The annual event at Waterview Heights was last held in 2013 but was cancelled last year when new organisers could not be found.

This year Roxanne Sydenham took on the project - as part of her university studies.

"I'm studying sports science and exercise through Central Queensland University," Sydenham said.

"I had to undertake a sporting event as a university project. Anytime Fitness had agreed to organise the fun run so I jumped on board with them.

"It's been a lot of work, juggling my employment plus uni. But everyone has been great, the sponsors generous and Jacaranda committee helpful as well."

Online entries closed on Friday with more than 200 already received. With additional entries on the day, Sydenham is hopeful of up to 400 participants on Sunday.

The Junction Hill resident was involved in last month's launch of Grafton parkrun. The timed 5km run in Barnier Park at 7pm every Saturday has proven to be a popular concept with more than 90 entries for each of the first three weeks.

Sydenham said the concept of parkrun had helped rejuvenate interest in the Jacaranda Fun Run.

"It's helped create interest," she said. "Sometimes people hear the word fun run and think that they can't run. But it doesn't matter if you run or walk, it's a communtiy event and everyone is welcome."

Registrations open from 7am for people to pick up race bibs or enter on day. The 5km and 10km events start at 8am and the 2km at 9am.

"The 10km course has changed and will now be two laps of the 5km course."