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2 September, 2021

Parkrun in Karen’s memory

THE Atherton Parkrun family has made a touching tribute to one of their own after they held a special parkrun last Saturday in memory of Karen Kattenberg.

By Rhys Thomas

The Atherton Parkrun community held a special tribute for Karen Kattenberg last Saturday with a special tribute run being held.

THE Atherton Parkrun family has made a touching tribute to one of their own after they held a special parkrun last Saturday in memory of Karen Kattenberg.

Mrs Kattenberg passed away in a two-car collision just outside of Mareeba on July 28. 

After completing her first parkrun in 2018, Mrs Kattenberg has taken part in 69 runs, 61 of those were with the Atherton parkrun where she was often supported by her husband and their children. 

A group of runners banded together to run Mrs Kattenberg’s last recorded run time of 35:34, a run she recorded while with her family. 

One of the race directors Michael Conolly said that the people involved in the parkrun are viewed as family, and the news of Mrs Kattenberg’s passing devastated the small community. 

“We see our parkrun as a kind of community and we see everyone who comes along as part of our little family of runners,” she said. 

“Karen had been a part of it for a long time… she brought her husband along and he started running and her daughters as well. 

“We were all completely devastated by the news of the accident… she was part of our group and we wanted to do something.” 

Many of the runners who participated in the special run also picked out blue outfits, Mrs Kattenberg’s favourite colour. 

Atherton Touch Football recently also held a fundraiser night to raise funds and support the Kattenberg family


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