Nyheter - 28th June 2018

The Derek Zoolander Center for Kids Who Can’t Run Good


When you register for parkrun, you get the chance to include which running Club you belong to. This began with mainly traditional running clubs, and these are still heavily represented, but over the years more informal clubs, groups and associations have sprung up, influenced by parkrun’s ability to reach out to people who previously wouldn’t have considered themselves runners.

Which brings us to ‘The Derek Zoolander Center for Kids Who Can’t Run Good’ or ‘DZCFKWCRG’ for short (the acronym that is trickier to remember than a wi-fi code). We got thinking about this as we had a runner in Amager Faelled last week (Aaron Powell) who was a member, which got us doing a bit of research about the Club and we discovered what it was all about (thanks to an old parkrun Australia newsletter article for the following information).
So ‘The Derek Zoolander Center for Kids Who Can’t Run Good’ started as a pseudo-team. A team for people who didn’t want to be a part of a real running team. A team for those who wanted a running vest and a cool team name, but no arduous responsibilities such as training, competing, or being interested in running. It started as in in-joke between four blokes, but soon enough word got out and others wanted in on the good times. A core group of around 50 formed in and around St Peters parkrun, Sydney. But once the team name hit the parkrun database and social media, the numbers exploded far beyond any realistic expectations. A couple of thousand of ‘Zoolanders’ are now in on the joke, with around over 1200 selecting the DZCFKWCRG as their parkrun team, making the Center the 2nd largest club in the Australia for example. Members have been spotted all around the world, including as we noted from the group’s Facebook page, members running in the Swedish Artic circle!
artic circle
So next time you see a ‘Zoolander’ at your local parkrun event, you will know where they are from and what it is all about. And if you’re keen, you can sign up, membership is open to anyone and we are sure you will be welcomed with open arms!

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