Why you should do the Mount Isa Park Run

The Mount Isa Park Run is a free community event for all ages that’s held every Saturday at 7am. It’s been going for over six years. Participants run or walk 5 kilometres along the Tharrapatha Way trail. The course starts and finishes at the corner of Urquhart Street and Davis Road.

The physical benefits of running

There are both physical and mental health benefits that you get from running. Let’s look at the physical benefits first.

  • Improving cardiovascular health
    Running improves blood circulation and helps to lower blood pressure. Over time, consistent running reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • Manage your weight
    If you want to shed excess pounds or maintain a healthy weight, running is a great way to do it. You burn calories quickly when you run, making it one of the most efficient exercises for weight loss. Running also boosts your metabolism, so you’ll continue to burn calories for a while after you finish.
  • Strengthen your muscles and bones
    Running stimulates muscle growth and strengthens bones. It targets major muscle groups, including your quadriceps, hamstrings, calves and glutes, helping to tone your legs. The stress placed on your bones when you run also promotes bone density, reducing the risk of osteoporosis later in life.
  • Improved respiratory function
    As you challenge your body by running longer distances at faster paces, your lung capacity expands. This will improve your intake and use of oxygen, increasing your stamina and endurance.

The mental benefits of running

Running also provides you with mental health benefits, including:

  • Stress relief and management
    Running can reduce any stress that you may be experiencing. It does this by releasing “feel good” hormones known as endorphins that can give you what’s called a “runner’s high” just after you finish your run.
    Regular running can also help you manage stress. The discipline and resilience required to run regularly can translate into your everyday life and provide you with valuable stress-coping mechanisms.
  • Improved mood, clarity and focus
    Many studies have shown that regular running is linked to long-term improvements in mood and mental well-being. It serves as a powerful antidepressant, helping to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. The sense of accomplishment and empowerment that accompanies each run also has been shown to boost self-esteem.
    In addition, running provides a temporary escape from the distractions and demands of modern life. It can help you to clear your mind and gain mental clarity. This mental reset can enhance your focus and concentration, leading to increased productivity and creativity in your daily living.

Mt Isa Park Run registration, times and results

If you’re planning on doing the Mt Isa Park Run for the first time, make sure you register here. This will ensure that your time is recorded each time you do the event if you bring your scannable barcode with you. You only need to register once to get your barcode that you can use every time you do a Mount Isa Park Run.

All registered runner’s times in the Mount Isa Park Run each week are published here. Based on the weekly results since the first event was held in March 2018, nearly 2,000 different people have participated, with many making it a weekly part of their exercise or social routine. The average finish time is just over 37 minutes and significantly, over 2,000 personal best times have been recorded.

You can find out more about the next Mt Isa Park Run and see photos of recent events here.

The bottom line

Whether you’re a serious runner or not, doing the Mount Isa Park Run is a great way to get out and about while you do a bit of exercise at the same time.

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