Imagine a diverse collective of runners, each with their own unique story, pace, and goal, converging to create a vibrant, challenging and fun running club.
Well imagine no more, welcome to Salty Run Club – A local home grown, running club in Tannum Sands.
Salty Run Club was established April 2023 and has quickly grown home to runners from entry level all the way up to competitive athletes with goals in the 5km distance to Marathon and beyond.
The club started from an initial conversation between work colleagues Leyne Ryder and Joshusa De Jonckheere after sharing a mutual interest in running, throwing out ideas on social training sessions.
The group initially started with “5 blokes” running laps at the Tannum Sands Duck Pond. “Our first sessions started out as a more competitive group. We then saw that we were getting a lot of interest from entry level runners and people that had been running for 12 months or so, we started thinking.” Conversation between the founding members quickly turned to expanding the group and catering to a diverse skill level.
The Tannum Sands Duck Pond was adopted as the Club’s home ground and weekly sessions are held every Tuesday starting at 5:00pm. Members of the Salty Run Club also run Tannum Sands ParkRun every Saturday at 7:00am.
The group are very proud to boast a range of skilled runners, including local legend Jack Powell but also members who routinely attend the sessions and prefer to take part by walking.
The sessions are varied week to week and, outside of a warmup, are often no longer than 20mins of running. The variation in session type helps to keep goal-oriented participants progressing and more relaxed participants engaged.
Salty Run Club participate in and support many of the Gladstone region running events including Bella the Brave Fun Run, The Mother’s Day Classic, The Harbour Festival Run and Port to Park.
“We have a fair bit on the cards for this year, with a lot of us focused on Rocky River Run and a large group heading down to the Gold Coast Marathon.
Encompass Podiatry are a proud sponsor of Salty Run Club. Owners Kate and Kyle Adams noticed the group at ParkRun and watched them grow through their own efforts.
“We loved the idea, and it’s 100% what we aim to do with our patients in the clinic too, getting them outside and active in the community in some way. It just gelled with what they were trying to do organically within.”.
“They all looked like excited young adults that just wanted everyone to run with them and it’s the best thing”. Kate speaks with a view towards preventative medicine describing how she sees “so many patients in the clinic that are on the wrong end of cardiovascular disease. I feel like as health professionals, we’re often taught to treat things that have happened rather than encourage them from the prevention side, getting those people that are able to be active and encourage them to start earlier”.
“That’s the best thing about Salty Run Club, you see the diversity. It’s not a selective group,” said both Kate and Kyle Adams. Encompass Podiatry have supported the Salty Run Club financially to reduce the cost of the club shirts which have created a sense of community amongst members who are pleased to see each other out for a run and offer a friendly wave.
The Club have a full calendar for 2024 with dates set in collaboration with local business Physio Shop to host a ‘strength training for runners’ session. The session will aim to draw links between the role of physiotherapy and podiatry and how both disciplines work to compliment runners.
Salty Run Club have plans to continue structured sessions and grow their community, “The more people running, the better”. “Our goal is to help encourage everybody to come out and move your body”. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a newcomer, The Salty Run Club community is ready to welcome you with open arms. Happy running!
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