I've been to the town of Roma in the western/darling downs of Queensland, but the Roma Street fun run is in the big smoke of Brisbane town.
The picturesque Roma Street parklands is set next to the railway transit centre just off the CBD. It is the world's largest subtropical garden in a city centre. The primary attraction of the parklands is its inherent recreational amenity. And recognising this, the annual running4research fun runs have been held here every year since 200?. To mark the 10th year of Roma Street parklands, I dragged my lazybones out of bed last Sunday morning to take part in the 10km fun run.
Even ibises like congregating at the lake precinct.
Another side is lined with trees and bounded by apartment buildings farther out.
Tents were erected on the grass for various promotional stalls, but a jumping castle for kids is the most popular spot.
From sunrise, runners started trickling in for the race start at 8:00 am.
A couple of coffee stalls were making brisk business in the early morning chill.
Some years ago I watched friends with the Bibak-Queensland dance troupe, perform some traditional Filipino dances here as part of Queensland’s multicultural festival. The performances comprised Igorot dances to the sound of music played from gongs. Some of the dances have been posted in youtube.
Bibak Igorot dance
We gathered around for some pre-race instructions, then we started off.
From the parklands the fun run intersected roads bridges and railways. The route passed under College road and a couple of Brisbane Grammar schools footbridges on either side of the Normanby busway station. It paralleled the south side of railways to the ekka grounds before overpassing the rails and the inner city bypass opposite some tennis grounds in a park off Gregory Terrace in Spring Hill. The course then ran up and down alongside the ICB for some way before zigzagging back up the overpass from the golf course in victoria park in Herston.