News - 6th September 2017
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A parkrun summer

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Welcome to the last summer edition – or the first fall edition of the parkrun US newsletter, depending on your latitude – in which we read about how parkrun tourism is now also a thing for American parkrunners, explore ideas and examples of local partnerships with running clubs, community organizations, parks, local governments and other groups, and look at barcode wristbands, finally available in the US.

 

While summer graces us with its final rays, let’s remember what an amazing season we’ve just experienced. Since the start of the last three events, Leakin Park, Heritage Harbor and Deep Run – bringing the total to 12 venues in the US – we’ve seen a spike in attendance that peaked at 960 athletes and volunteers on a single Saturday, and we’ve already surpassed the total attendance of 2016. How many purely volunteer-led organizations can claim to have already organized over 300 totally free events this year? As a sneak preview of the fall and winter ahead, we’d like to let you in on the news that there are at least another dozen very strong prospects for new parkruns across the US, from Seattle to Boston, with Boulder, Moberly and other spots in between. Our parkrun ambassador Rory Murphy, who started Leakin Park parkrun in Baltimore, is now busy in New Jersey, and the DMV (DC-Maryland-Virginia) cluster has at least three or four new events in the oven.

 

Happy fall parkrunning!

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