THE threat of rain didn't deter about 80 keen runners and volunteers from Hervey Bay's inaugural parkrun event.

At 7am on Saturday, runners from across the region and south-east Queensland gathered at the Urangan Pier to begin the 5km run.

Organiser Jeanette Grigoris was excited with the turnout.

"We didn't get any rain and all and I thought it was a great day," she said.

"I reckon we'll get a way bigger group next week."

Although the parkrun was designed to be treated as a laugh, rivalries were brewing between participating councillors.

Deputy Mayor and fitness-freak Stuart Taylor placed seventh, three places behind the older, Mayor Gerard O'Connell.

Although Cr Taylor enjoyed the run, he wasn't entirely satisfied with the morning.

"All that matters is I got beaten by Gerard," he said.

"Not that I would look it up or anything, but he did it in 22 minutes and five seconds.

"Who's really looking, but it's roughly 17 seconds a kilometre that I've got to strip off."

Speaking to the Chronicle on the way to the gym, Cr Taylor said his training regime had immediately intensified.



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