PyCon AU 2014 runs

For the last two PyCon AU conferences in Hobart, we informally organised morning runs before the conference day commences and had a lot of fun in the process.

This year, in slightly warmer Brisbane, the runs will be happening again, on all five mornings of the conference. We hope you can join us for an early morning run, so pack your running gear and read the info below.

If you are a runner and not sure you are fit enough:

  • These runs are designed to be inclusive, not a race
  • The runs are designed to be 5 – 6 km long and we will aim to run them at a 5:00 – 6:00 min/km pace, depending on who turns up. If we have enough people who want to run faster or slower, we can always split into two groups
  • The runs are out and back, so even if you fall back, we will pick you up on the way back and you can’t get lost (unless you try really hard!)

If you are not a runner:

  • I would encourage you to still get some exercise in the midst of days of talks and hacking on a laptop; perhaps organise a bike ride or walk around town
  • Consider joining us next year. There are good “introduction to running” programs that you can use, including “Couch to 5K

Here are the details for the runs:

MEETING PLACE: We will meet at the conference venue, the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, at the main entrance on the corner of Merivale and Glenelg Streets. Don’t know where that is? Check out this PDF map of the venue: we will meet at the “Main Entrance” in the bottom right hand corner of the map.

DAYS: We will run all five mornings; Friday (miniconfs) through Tuesday (last day of the sprints).

START TIME: 7am sharp, aiming to be back around 7:30 – 7:40, giving you time to shower and eat before the conference starts at 9am.

ROUTE: We will vary the route each day, but it will be approximately 5 km long.

IF IT’S WET? I will still run if it’s drizzling. If it’s a torrential downpour, I’m sleeping in. On the sliding scale between drizzle and downpour, it is safe to assume that I will be more likely to run than not, so see you there.

And remember that it can get cold in Brisbane in winter, with a sub 3 degree morning last week, so a long sleeve top and a running cap or beanie are probably worth packing.

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