Western Sydney Parklands launches running challenge

Fitness challenge: All registered participants of the Get Back on Track Challenge will receive a downloadable finisher certificate and a downloadable race bib and GPX file for their chosen course.
Fitness challenge: All registered participants of the Get Back on Track Challenge will receive a downloadable finisher certificate and a downloadable race bib and GPX file for their chosen course.

Western Sydney Parklands executive director, Suellen Fitzgerald said the free Get Back on Track Challenge is a chance to get outdoors in nature and "embrace the physical and mental benefits" of their green spaces.

The challenge is a partnership with Athletics Australia's RunWest Festival (August 1 to 30) and gives participants a choice of six courses across Fairfield, Liverpool and Blacktown ranging from 1.6-kilometres to- 6.7-kilometres.

Liverpool's three-kilometre Spotted Gums Trail and Fairfield's 6.2-kilometre Moonrise Loop are listed as two of the hard challenges across the 60-kilometres of tracks and trails.

"It's a fantastic way to showcase our network of tracks and trails through beautiful natural bushland with an abundance of wildlife and award-winning playgrounds and picnic facilities," Ms Fitzgerald said.

Athletics Australia vice-president Jan Swinhoe said the core objective of RunWest is to provide opportunities to enhance the health and wellbeing of the western Sydney community.

"We are proud to partner with Western Sydney Parklands to deliver this innovative program that helps to amplify our purpose and provide greater opportunities for participants to explore the incredible tracks and trails of the parklands," she said.