Last Saturday saw the launch of our 6th parkrun in Canada. We are really happy to continue to be growing across the country.
It’s always great to see so much hard work pay off in a new event. Last week was no exception. Here is a summary of the day and the day’s leading up to it.
Excitement (and nerves!) were understandably high in the weeks leading up to this launch, but the weather in the days up wasn’t playing ball. The Greater Toronto Area was hit hard with severe rain for several days. Nearby Whitby parkrun cancelled due to flooding, but Beach Strip was able to continue due to the different surface conditions.
That said the weather did not deter the enthusiasm of our runners and volunteers and otherwise the day was a bright and sunny success. See our feature image for the future iconic photo of moments after the launch. Once off, the finish line was organised and now all that had to be done was wait for the first ever finishers.
And came in they did! We had first timers, seasoned veterans, and participants of all ages. It goes to show parkrun is open to everyone and all abilities and that doesn’t exclude all types of footwear:
It was great to see locals and tourists alike attending for the first run. There were two tourists, both from England and although Canada can be colder, there really was no excuse for this frigid pose, it was at least above freezing:
Our friends from Funding Innovation run group, who helped fund this parkrun came out to enjoy the occasion:
It was a great day and this would not have been possible with the local volunteer team. You guys are awesome!
Je me souviendrai toujours du 5 novembre 2016, la date où Euan est venu « tester » notre parcours. Cette journée-là, 120 personnes étaient sur place pour participer à notre premier événement « En route vers parkrun ». Et quelques semaines plus tard, l’hiver a frappé à nos portes et de moins en moins de gens se sont présentés…
I will always remember November 5, 2016, the date when Euan came to “test” our course. On that day, 120 people were on hand to participate in our first “en route to parkrun” event. A few weeks later with our first official event, we had fewer people due to the onset of winter. For the…