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Read more › Uncategorized - 23rd March 2017

Une Histoire de Famille

Depuis que je suis toute petite, j’ai appris que la famille était très importante. J’ai toujours transporté cette valeur avec moi, dans mes pensées, mes paroles, mes actes et même dans mes rêves. Ma famille a toujours été présente dans ma vie, et même avec ma famille élargie. Mes souvenirs d’enfance les plus beaux sont…

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Read more › Uncategorized - 22nd March 2017

Feedback from the Field

Okanagan parkrun   The event team in Kelowna recently changed course due to the original 5km on the Mission Creek Towpath undergoing some long term improvement works.  Event Director Bill Justus worked very hard on the new course and the reception was very positive both for the course and for Bill’s tireless efforts:   Thank you…

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Read more › Uncategorized - 20th March 2017

UK: A Story to Tell

On 6 October 2007 Woodhouse Moor in the UK became the first parkrun to start outside of London, the city that started parkrun.  It’s their little piece of parkrun history and last weekend they celebrated their 500th event in a special way.  Below is their story:   Our team of run directors works together really well, especially when coming up with…

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Read more › Uncategorized - 15th March 2017

Introducing Whitby parkrun

Announcing our fifth parkrun in Canada, and the first to the Greater Toronto Area.  We welcome Whitby parkrun which starts 1st April  and is headed up by Event Director Aneez Kanji.   Since we started parkrun in Canada, it has always been a priority to bring parkrun to Ontario.  The Winter and the snow understandably…

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Read more › Uncategorized - 15th March 2017

What is junior parkrun?

One of the many questions I receive from new parkrun prospect teams here in Canada is often about parkrun junior. Just what is it and can we do a similar thing in Canada?    junior parkrun is a series of 2k runs for children aged between 4 and 14.  Similar to regular parkrun events, they are…

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Read more › Uncategorized - 14th March 2017

UK: Turn up and simply run

25-year-old Charlotte Proud knows a thing or two about broken bones. She’s had about 50 as a result of a rare genetic disease that means her bones fracture easily. Yet despite her condition, Charlotte is passionate about taking part in sport and has never been scared to test her limits. And after taking up running…

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Read more › Uncategorized - 9th March 2017

Age is but a number!

I did my first parkrun in December 2015, back when I lived in London. I hadn’t ran in a long time, and like most, I heard about it through the growing buzz happening across the UK.   I turned up to Highbury Fields (fun fact, the only 5-lap parkrun course in the UK!) and was…

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Read more › Uncategorized - 8th March 2017

Volunteer Roles: Run Director

parkrun in Canada is completely led by volunteers.  Every week at your local event, a team is put together to make access to socialable, free, 5km runs is as easy and as enjoyable as possible.  We have several roles that we fill each week, and every month in this blog we profile a different one. …

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Read more › Uncategorized - 6th March 2017

South Africa: Bruce Fordyce joins the 250 club.

In our blog last week, we talked about the 50, 100, 250 and 500 club.  These clubs are open to those who achieve those numbers in the number of parkruns they complete.  To celebrate, they get as special free T-shirt.  Last week, running legend and parkrun South Africa country Manager Bruce Fordyce joined the 25 club,…

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Read more › Uncategorized - 2nd March 2017

Quelque chose de gratuit?

J’ai toujours cru au dicton « rien dans la vie est gratuit », mais depuis que j’ai découvert parkrun, je ne suis plus certaine – est-ce que vous pouvez trouver d’autres organismes qui vous offrent la chance de faire un 5k chronométré tous les samedis matins?   J’ai découvert parkrun en 2012 pendant que je faisais mon…