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Read more › News - 22nd November 2017

The biggest running weekend of the year

How did a Thursday in late November become the world’s biggest day for running? Why is participation in other running events plateauing? Two recent articles point to the same conclusion. People want to take part in events that are affordable, lack gimmicks, and that focus on social support. Sound familiar?   The US running market…

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Read more › News - 22nd November 2017

Eagan parkrun is thankful in all weathers

A time to pause and be thankful …   “parkrun creates a sense of community centered around physical and psychological well-being. Young, old, male, female, any background, it’s all inclusive. I like the fact that it is an addictive behavior in a positive way. Once they start, most people can’t stay away.” Tom Anderson –…

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Read more › News, roundup - 20th November 2017

Our parkrun week in pictures, November 24th 2017

This week’s parkrun USA roundup is from our first weekend with 15 events from coast to coast. We feature lots of kids, new events, new courses, and visitors from near and far.   Next week: special Thanksgiving parkruns on Thursday in Clermont and Eagan. Almost all events go ahead as usual on Saturday.    …

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Read more › News - 16th November 2017

First prison based parkrun launched in the UK

Prisoners now participate in weekly parkrun events for the first time, thanks to a pioneering initiative between parkrun UK and HMP (Her Majesty’s Prison) Haverigg, a Category C prison in the north of England that has 286 prisoners.   parkrun UK, a non-profit organization that supports 670 communities across the country to coordinate free volunteer-led 5k and…

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Read more › News, roundup - 15th November 2017

Our parkrun week in pictures, November 17th 2017

In this week’s parkrun USA roundup, we celebrate our largest ever group of volunteers, who turned out despite an early taste of winter in some parts of the country. And we find the many different ways that parkrun events connect communities, families and even interstate rivals.       There were record low temperatures for…

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Read more › News - 15th November 2017

Reaching all corners of the capital

parkrun has been fortunate to find fertile ground for our community-based activity in the Washington, DC area. Starting with Fletcher’s Cove in January of 2016, the parkrun movement has steadily spread around the District and surrounding region, from as far north as Leakin Park in Baltimore down to Deep Run in Richmond and including Roosevelt…

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Read more › News - 8th November 2017

Putting the weight back on for parkrun

Every week, we bring you personal stories of people around the world that inspire us to achieve, to change, or to overcome whatever life throws at us when we put our minds and our bodies to work, even if it only starts with a free, weekly 5 km run in the park.   Last week,…

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Read more › roundup - 8th November 2017

Our parkrun week in pictures, November 10th 2017

In this week’s parkrun USA roundup we celebrate firsts, and the people who come last. Plus new partnerships, and changing seasons.   The first-timers this week at Deep Run parkrun included event director Nicole Brown. Of course, she has been there almost every week since the launch in June, but it’s great to see her in the…

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Read more › News - 8th November 2017

Persistence brings parkrun to the Pacific Northwest

“How can we bring parkrun to Seattle?” was the burning question one morning in April 2016. Tucked away in a Starbucks meeting room, three women huddled over a phone looking at park maps while wondering out loud about start dates, sponsors, marketing, and the resources they would need to make parkrun happen. It would be…

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Read more › News - 1st November 2017

parkrun is one of my favorite things about College Park

College Park parkrun in Maryland has had a remarkable first year. We check in with event directors Colin Phillips and Andrea Zukowski to learn about the impact that parkrun has had on their community, and on their lives.   When we launched College Park parkrun one year ago, we could not have imagined the year that lay…

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