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Read more › News - 18th April 2018

Parks, parkruns and Partnerships

While snow and ice still linger in many parts of the country, it’s safe to say that most people have a bit of spring fever and are excitedly examining their surroundings week to week at parkrun for signs of emerging life. We recently told you about spring clean-up activities that took place at some of…

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Read more › News - 18th April 2018

Would You Run Naked?

Have you ever noticed someone running naked at parkrun? Maybe you’ve run naked yourself? It may not be as obvious to spot as one might think, since we’re using the word “naked” to describe running without technology but fully clothed.   At parkrun we are interested in being more in tune with our bodies, our environment,…

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Read more › News, roundup - 17th April 2018

Our parkrun week in pictures, April 14th 2018

It feels like every week is more exciting than the one before it here at parkrun USA. This week, we’re focusing on milestones: come see what we’ve accomplished together!   At Fletcher’s Cove parkrun, a group of first time parkrunners celebrated a very important personal milestone: completing their first-ever 5K. Team #heartlove, sponsored by WUSA…

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Read more › News, roundup - 11th April 2018

Our parkrun week in pictures, April 7th 2018

We welcomed yet another new parkrun location to the family this week (we’re talking about a little place called Aspen!) You can almost feel the excitement about the growth of parkrun US radiating from this week’s set of photos.   It’s ironic that in a state with over 300 days of sunshine the launch of Aspen…

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Read more › News - 11th April 2018

Charleston catches the parkrun bug

Two years ago Adam Patnoe wasn’t a runner. Now he’s the leader of Charleston parkrun, which is adding 50 running/walking events per year to West Virginia’s capital city, all entirely free. Adam’s change came about thanks to the support of friends who helped get him active, plus a random encounter with a guy from Scotland….

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Read more › News, roundup - 4th April 2018

Our parkrun week in pictures, March 31st 2018

What a big weekend for parkrun USA! We welcomed a new parkrun to the family, set new national records for the number of parkrunners and volunteers, and spotted a lot of bunnies in some glorious spring weather.     Boston  City Councilor Matt O’Malley cut the ribbon to launch the inaugural Jamaica Pond parkrun. It was great…

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Read more › News - 4th April 2018

parkrun is for the birds (and deer, and turtles, and …)

If you hear staccato tapping that reverberates through the forest on Roosevelt Island, look around for chunks of wood spraying from the trunk of a dead tree. You’ll likely see a pileated woodpecker drilling for its breakfast. These are the second largest woodpecker in North America, as big as a crow. They stand out with…

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Read more › News - 3rd April 2018

A parkrun legacy

We hear of many motivations for starting a new parkrun event, but this is one of the most moving. Jenny Chambers was a lively and indefatigable member of her local parkrun community in England right up until her death in 2015. Thousands of miles away in Louisville, Kentucky, her daughter, Natalie DeRatt, was inspired to…

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Read more › News - 28th March 2018

A running release

Black Combe parkrun in the UK became the first parkrun event in the world to launch inside a prison in November 2017.   One of the participants that day was Alfy Kirkley (pictured left) who went on to complete 17 parkruns and set a new course record before his release in early March. As he left, Alfy…

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Read more › News, roundup - 27th March 2018

Our parkrun week in pictures, March 24th 2018

It was winter’s last hurrah at parkrun USA this week, but that didn’t stand in our way. We adjusted routes, we shoveled, we traveled. We welcomed the newest member of the parkrun USA family, with the launch of Kensington parkrun, and looked forward to a host of new family members in the coming months.  …

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