Festival's fun event off and running at botanic gardens

KICK off your Sunday with a run in the gardens as part of the Banjo Paterson Festival.

The new festival replaces Taste Orange’s Slow Summer celebrations with the community encouraged to get out and about and enjoy the city.

This Sunday the Banjo Paterson Festival run will be at Orange Botanic Gardens with the community invited.

Orange Runners Club president Frank Ostini said the day is all about having fun.

“If you want to come along you don’t have to run you can just do the walk,” he said.

“We have a lot of runners who walk and run, and then people who just walk.”

Participants can complete as many loops of the 1.6 kilometre walking track as they wish.

For the really keen Mr Ostini said five laps of the garden will rack up eight kilometres on your pedometer.

“If you want you can challenge yourself,” he said.

Mr Ostini said the running club was not all about serious athletes, with people of all capabilities catered for.

“We even have a dog Buster Connolly who comes with his owners every week,” he said.

“Sunday is a day when people can come and have a look, it’s going to be a fun day.

“You don’t have to be a member just come along and have a look for yourself.”

Mr Ostini hopes people young and old, fit or not, will bring their family, dogs and enjoy a morning walk in the beautiful surrounds of the park.

Entry is free and participants are asked to meet at the Orange Botanic Gardens function centre at 8.45am to stretch before a 9am start.

The Banjo Paterson Festival concludes on February 17, for information or the full program visit www.tasteorange.com.au

nadine.morton@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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