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In the midst of COVID lockdowns and services such as gyms and indoor facilities being closed – a group of Karratha locals found each other on local social media pages and met for a Sunday morning long run (socially distanced, of course) on that Sunday morning we formed an amazing bond with like minded runners, we found friends, our strength and our sanity in such a crazy and uncertain time.

Pilbara Trailblazers was formed by this group of passionate runners. Initially we were training for events being held all over WA in 2020 and saw that there was a huge need for local events, for Pilbara locals to participate without the need to travel.

We initially started Karratha Runners Facebook page (now Pilbara Trailblazers) in order to bring runners together, to chat, to meet one another and to run together.

Then we started Bayview Road parkrun to spread the running and volunteering  bug through the wider community with weekly 5km, timed runs. We were so lucky that Hampton Oval parkrun started around the same time over in Dampier, to give our runners a few different options.

We became increasingly aware of the positive impact that running, belonging to the community and volunteering was doing for our participants, and this encouraged us to offer more.

So in 2021 we decided to take the leap and create a fabulous running club with a variety of events in our spectacular North West.

Pilbara Trailblazers has been very fortunate to be the recipient of funding through several Community Funding Grants and businesses local to the Pilbara. The funding, and in-kind donations we receive ensures that we can keep the registration cost for our events minimal to ensure maximum participation.

In 2022 We hosted the Inaugural Red Dirt Backyard Ultra (12 hour) and the FENACLNG Run Festival (5km, 10km and 21.1km). We were so very proud of the community involvement and the great success of these two events – which involved about 300 people including participants, volunteers and Committee.

In 2023 we are hosting the Red Dirt Backyard Ultra (24hr) and the Karratha Trail Series (7km, 14km and 21.1km). Additionally, we are adding a series of ‘social’ runs to our calendar to maximise participation and involvement.

Our future vision is to host events all over the Pilbara region including locations like Millstream National Park and the Murujuga National Park.

Pilbara Trailblazers are strong advocates for physical and mental health, and are committed to providing an inclusive community for all people who wish to be involved in any capacity of our club.

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