So, if you’re reading this newsletter it means that you’ve registered for parkrun with a link to print out your barcode. A passport to over 1100 events around the world!
In Sweden we’re doing pretty well with people turning up with their barcodes – over 90% of people have had them with them so far. And if you’ve lost your link to your barcode – there is a link in the email you’ve just received with this newsletter to print off a new one!
Of course if you don’t have your barcode with you, you can still run but you won’t get an official time registered for that run. Here’s a few reasons why it’s a good idea to remember your barcode:
• You will always have a record of your time for that run on the parkrun website, to compare with in the future
• It counts towards getting your free parkrun t-shirts for when you run 50 or 100 parkruns (or even 250 or 500 parkruns!)
• It makes things easier for the parkrun volunteers
It IS easy to forget your barcode, but we will always be there to remind you! (And a message to regular runners – you wouldn’t turn up to a race without your bib number or timing chip, so we’re sure you can remember that one thing you need for parkrun – your barcode!)
Can I just bring along the barcode on my mobile?
Sorry, no! It’s difficult to scan barcodes on mobile phones so we only accept paper barcodes.
Isn’t that a bit old-fashioned for 2016?
Maybe, but it works! parkrun has successfully scanned 18 million barcodes in over 120,000 events since we started in 2004, so it works pretty well. We embrace technology (we’re proud of our website & how you can access all your results – and it will be getting even better very soon) but quite simply we have found that scanning paper barcodes is so much quicker and smoother than scanning mobile phones (where you can get issues with reflected sunlight, cracked screens, wet screens not swiping etc.) so for the time being we are sticking with good, old-fashioned paper barcodes.
What if I don’t have access to a printer?
Ask a friend, colleague or family member to print it out for you. You’ll probably be able to print it out at your local library. If you’re really struggling get in touch with us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try and help!
What happens if it rains?
It can be a good idea to laminate your barcode (sticking tape over it will also work) or you can also buy a specially made parkrun barcode bracelet or credit card here: http://www.parkrun-barcode.org.uk/. You can also leave your barcode in your bag when you run and then pick it up to get scanned afterwards.
What happens if I lose my barcode?
Follow the link below to see the different ways that you can find your barcode again and print it out:
How do I find my barcode?
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