News - 8th June 2017
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Spoiled for Choice in North America

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In Britain, where parkrun started 13 years ago, one apparently does not have to travel more than 20 miles from any point in the isle to reach a parkrun. This is not quite yet the case in North America, where, for instance, if you happen to live in McAllen, Texas, you would face a 1289 mile drive to your nearest “local” run. But the month of June is about to start fixing that. No less than six new parkruns start in North America: three in the US – Deep Run, in Richmond, Virginia, started June 3rd, Heritage Harbor, in Ottawa, Illinois, starts June 10, and Leakin Park, Baltimore, Maryland, June 24th – and an additional three in Canada – in Whistler, British Columbia, Montreal, Quebec, and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario – taking the total of events in North America to 21. For now. This is up from just  five just a year ago.

 

Curious about the distance to your nearest event? Thinking about introducing a parkrun in your international travels? There’s an app for that! Some keen – and geeky – parkrun tourism enthusiast designed a web-based interactive map that will indicate the nearest event to you on any point of the globe, and help you tick off runs from your bucket list: the parkrun tourist tool.

 

McAllen, Texas will still have to wait – or drive – a little longer, until a local team rises to the challenge and chooses to start a parkrun in the Lone Star state. Watch this space!

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