After reading an article the other week about falling attendances to major athletic events in the UK it got me thinking. People are disassociated with elite and professional athletes and I would hazard a guess to say that the average “motionär” in Sweden feels no affiliation to the people that are supposed to inspire them!
On the other hand, in the short time parkrun has existed in Sweden, at Hagaparken in Stockholm and Örebro we are motivating and encouraging people at all levels to be active.
In fact, our target for the year was to have at least 1000 parkrunners in Sweden, and we’re glad to say that we have already had 1142 different people run a parkrun in this year! It’s a great start and the only way is up!
The parkrun phenomenon, growing exponentially by the week, would suggest that there is a huge potential market to be reached. We’d love to emulate the UK where thousands are now running in organised fashion, checking times online, hoping to move up the national rankings. Simply going out running or walking on a weekend morning, doing it to get fit, to get a bit of fresh air, to do something active with our family. Most people wheezing their way round their local park doing it for entirely personal reasons, not to link in with the wider world of the sport.
parkrun is about inclusivity, making 5km achievable for anyone, whether walking or running, being active, building communities. There’s no money changing hands, it’s totally free to partake, every Saturday which encourages consistency in being outdoors, all year round.
Quite simply – inspiring!
Wow, has it really gone one year already?! Everything seems a very long time ago when we stood, slightly nervously, at Hagaparken on August 27th 2016, and launched the very first parkrun in Sweden. Now we are warm in our clothes, and we have learnt a lot over the past year! We know exactly…
Skatås började förra veckan och Huddinge börjar denna vecka vilket gör att vi har nu fyra parkruns i Sverige och det finns mer på gång. “Det känns kul att parkrun börjar ta fart och att Stockholm får sitt andra parkrun,” säger Colm O’Callaghan, Run Director i Huddinge parkrun. “Vi har märkt en stor skillnad…