August 26th sees the launch of Norway’s first parkrun, Tøyen parkrun , in Oslo (Registration opens on Friday 4th August). Below, Runar Sæther, one of the Core team in Oslo, tells us about Tøyenparken and the experience awaiting Norwegian parkrunners….
When we initially started looking at potential locations for the first Norwegian parkrun, Tøyenparken immediately presented itself as one of the preferred alternatives. The area has undergone a transformation over the past few years, going from being run down to being a booming part of the city. With all the positive initiatives for the area, it felt just right to add parkrun to the list.
The park itself is located to the east of the city centre, easily accessible by either the underground/metro or bus. It’s only a few minutes to travel from Oslo Central station and is situated next to the Munch museum, the botanical gardens and the public baths – where the start and finish will be.
The start will be at the top of the park, from where you can see out across the eastern part of the town and towards the iconic Holmenkollen Ski jump to the west. It’s a rather hilly course, mostly on tarmac but also a couple of smaller sections of gravel/trail. You will start with a “mini-loop” before completing 3 loops around the edges of the park.
After the parkrun, we will convene in the Botanical Gardens and the Handwerk café for a post run coffee and cake.
We are truly excited about adding Tøyen to the list of parkruns and can’t wait to welcome you all to our corner of the world.
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